Let's pretend we're watching an episode of "Little House on the Prairie". The youngest girl, Carrie, had crayons, (pretend). She drew a picture for Mommy's birthday. Mommy hung it up where everyone could see. Carrie's picture made Mommy happy.

When Nellie (the storekeepers daughter), found out, she decided to draw a picture for her mother too. Nellie drew a picture of herself and insisted that it be hung up in the store window. If a person passing by did not notice it, Nellie called them back to say how wonderful her picture was and bragged about it a long time.

Now please read the scripture and see if you can relate it to the above picture and story.

"Take care! Don't do your good deeds publicly, to be admired, because then you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. When you give a gift to someone in need, don't shout about it as the hypocrites do - blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their act of charity. I assure you, they have received all the reward they will ever get, But when you give to someone, don't tell your left hand what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in secret, and your Father, who knows all secrets, will reward you. Matthew 6:1-4

What was Carrie's reward? That her picture made Mommy happy.

What was Nellie's reward? All the attention she received from her picture.

When Jesus spoke of reward, He was not thinking about material reward. In the Old Testament at times it seemed that material goods went hand in hand with those who were 'good'. But the Book of Job tells us how it really is. He was severely treated but had not sinned, although his friends did not believe him.

The rewards of the Christian life are peace of mind during the day and songs in the night. Those come from living in the presence of God and in entire dependence upon Him. Enoch learned to walk with God (Genesis 5:24),

and so do we.

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