All of us like to be rewarded!!! We like the feeling we get when we are rewarded.
But rewards can be tricky. Today just about every one offers a reward. The gas station where I often buy gasoline offers me Speedy Rewards. The grocery store will have its own special rewards card. Ace Hardware has a rewards card. Arby’s recently came out with a rewards card. In fact, take a look at your key chain. How many scan-able reward cards do you have hanging on your key chain. You need a key chain just for your reward cards! Someone should market a rewards chain to carry all your rewards cards on.
Most credit cards now come with rewards. Many people will choose their credit card (or cards) based on the reward. The reward can come in the form of cash back… airline tickets… cash toward buying a new car… I have used the GM Card for about 15 years now and have been rewarded with a lifetime savings of about $15,000 – almost enough for a free car!
The catch with reward cards is… you have to spend money to earn the reward. And, the more you spend, the bigger your reward. I appreciate those rewards, but, isn’t there something wrong about having to buy for your reward? I think of Tennessee Ernie Ford’s old song, Sixteen Tons. He sings, another year older and deeper in debt… I owe my soul to the company store… That should be the theme song of reward cards!
Rewards are great, but don’t be taken in by the trap. Jesus talked about the trap of rewards. When you give don’t sound trumpets in the streets so men will see you… truly they have received their reward. Rather when you give don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Your Father who sees in secret will reward you. The same was true with prayer… the same was true of fasting… The reward that was truly a reward, was the reward of the Father! No trumpets… no praise of men… The reward is quietly going about your business of doing what God would have you do!