This is something I want to share a little about again to lead you to a closer relationship with GOD. I know I mentioned there are 3 main points GOD asked me to share. This does have to do with one of those points maybe even more than one. At some point, I will be editing the about page to show those 3 points in more detail. Anyway, some of this will be preaching to my self, a lot of what I put on here is preaching to my self or something I have preached to my self to encourage my self. some will just be my own thoughts and experiences. This is something I feel GOD does want me to share. Please let me know if this is helpful to you or if I need to be more clear on something as I know I can be unclear at times. Thank you and here goes.
I have heard people say they do things for GOD just because they know they will get rewards in heaven and they say there is no other reason. Another reason that I can share with those that say that is doing things for GOD because you love him. Do you do things for a friend because you will be getting things from them or because you love them? GOD is much more than a friend, way more. He is our Lord, Master, our teacher, and our savior. I think it best reason to do things for him is that you love him. Yes, the bible does say we will get rewards from him. This is an added bonus and actually helps us to love him. He has already given us a lot as it is. So you could also do things for him as a thank you to him and to show him you love him. If you are reading this and are saved these are only a few of the things ( lack of a better word) GOD has given you, Everlasting Life, salvation, forgiveness of all sins, his own spirit (not a thing I was lacking a better word) to guide us and teach us and many other things as well. Also if you are not yet saved and saved here are things he has given you. Hmm not sure how to word this I will just quote a verse here.
King James Bible
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Another reason to love him is right there in that verse.
Be thankful for what you have.
Some might bring up this verse
Matthew 6:19-21 King James Version (KJV)
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
That verse is true we get to do that in loving him. Added bonus as I like to say as he has given us so much already. Ok, now I am repeating my self. GOD is good and this shows how good he is. He really does care about us.
Anyway, I want to get into something else I heard that has to do with doing things for GOD, not really rewards but I will bring it up here as it seems like a good place to bring it up. Some people do things for GOD to save themselves now this is a bad idea an takes away what Jesus did and may even be disrespectful of Jesus ( am aware that something this is the unforgivable sin, I don’t hold to that). There are those who also do things for Jesus to make up for wrongs they have done ( I think this is called penance by Catholics). This is almost the same as what I just mentioned. There are those who do things out of fear of GOD and that can be wrong depending on the type of fear. There is a fear that is connected with torment and there is a fear connected with Love. The one with torment is bad and the other is good. John Bunyan has a good book about this call the fear of GOD. I recommend checking it out he explains the differences really well. This book is available free. I have a link to a site that has all of his books in my links section.