In many ways Christians rightly veer away from thinking about doing things for reward. We conceive of the service of God as being something more noble than simply being done for reward. We consider we have a wonderful God who has done so much for us that we consider it a privilege and delight to serve him for “no money”. In fact reward does not come into our way of thinking.
All this is well and good, but we should be aware that rewards do come into our Father’s thinking.
If we look in Matthew chapter 6 we see instructions about hoe we should be living in our Father’s kingdom. Ten times in this chapter the Lord is referred to as the disciples’ father (v 1,4,6,8,9,14,15,18,26 and 32). And like any good father “Our Father” delights to reward those who do what is pleasing to Him. So concerning our charitable deeds (v2-4) and our prayers (vv5-8) and our fasting (vv16-18) our Father loves to reward that which is done in His presence and not for showing off to others.
This is something we need to remember. Our Father delights to reward. It is something which is a joy to His heart – to reward His children. Let us remember, as we journey through the course of life, that we have a Father who is interested in how we conduct ourselves before Him. And as we are aware of this we are stirred to live well before Him.