Will God Reward You Apart From Your Spouse and Children?

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Jesus consistently spoke about our eternal reward. In the last several verses of the last book of the Bible, He references eternity when he says, "Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done” (Revelation 22:12).

Does this apply to marriage and parenting?

Yes!

In Ephesians 5 and 6, God addresses both marriage and parenting.

The Lord also addresses the topics in Colossians 3.

The Bible recognizes that much of our life revolves around what we do in the home. God rewards us for what we do in marriage and the family and He rewards us based on our actions and reactions to our spouse and child(ren).

We are not the cause of our spouse or child being rewarded. That is between them and God.

Ultimately, we cannot control the outcome in the lives of our mate and kids; we can only control our own actions and reactions toward them.

As we do, we succeed in God’s eyes as a partner and parent, and He promises to reward us.

These things are no small matters to the Lord. Both matter to God, and what matters to God matters!

Nothing we do in the family is wasted. Everything counts.

For this reason Paul teaches the Colossians, "From the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve” (Colossians 3:24).

He tells the Ephesians, “...because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free” (Ephesians 6:8).

Please tell us when you first realized that God will reward you independently of your spouse and child(ren). Tell us how that truth has affected who you are and what you now do differently in your family as a result.

-Dr. E


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