Twenty Things I Want to Tell My Sons
Chapter 13


Expect God's Reward

“Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

Matthew 6:33

To get the most out of life, you must live your life for something bigger than yourself. Every man needs a transcendent cause to live for. Expecting God’s reward is our transcendent cause. Expecting God’s reward means that we do not seek the rewards of the culture or society in which we live. Rather we choose to seek His kingdom and His righteousness. We work to earn eternal rewards, living for the kingdom of God rather than for the kingdom of this world. It is about living today for the day that we will stand before the Judgment Seat of God. On that day we will be judged by God for what we have done with our lives (1 Cor 3:10-15) and with the resources God has given us during our lives (Matt 25:14-30). It is not that we will be judged regarding salvation, for that has been accomplished in Christ. But we will be judged regarding rewards. And we must live each day with this end in mind.

The power to persevere lies in knowing this truth. By remembering that we will all stand before Him one day and give account for our lives, it can help us to endure tribulation, resist temptation and make godly choices. By living for eternal rewards rather than for personal or temporal rewards, you will guard yourself from the worries of this world and the deceitfulness of riches (Mark 4:18-19). You will avoid the love of money (1 Tim 6:10). Your life will be truly rewarding, and you will look back over your life when you get to the end and be pleased.

The book of Ecclesiastes lays out the futility of a life lived for the things of this world. Solomon had it all – he was the richest man to ever live; he had hundreds of wives and hundreds of concubines; he had all of the best toys of his day; and what was his conclusion? Vanity of vanities, all is vanity and striving after the wind (Eccl 1:2, 14). Jesus asked “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world yet forfeit his soul?” (Mark 8:36). It is better to work for the food which does not perish, to work for the rewards that last forever, that do not rust and cannot be stolen. I encourage you to live your life for God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness, expecting God’s reward. Live for ‘The Day’.


"Choose you this day whom you will serve.....but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."

Joshua 24:15