Are You “In It” For The Reward, To Avoid Hell, What?
By Brian A. Yeager
A. We should desire eternal life and this lesson is not saying otherwise (I Timothy 6:12).
1. Eternal life is promised to the faithful (I John 2:25).
2. We should certainly look forward to what is to come (Philippians 3:1-15).
B. This lesson is not saying we shouldn’t fear the consequences of sins (Proverbs 16:6).
1. Godly fear is required to please God (II Corinthians 7:1).
2. Hell is to be feared (Matthew 10:28; cf. Mark 9:42-48).
II. Body: Ask Yourself This… Shouldn’t You Be A Disciple Because of The Relationship Even More Than Being Motivated By Consequences (I John 4:16-19)?
A. Our desire to live for Christ should be motivated by what He did for us (II Corinthians 5:14-15).
1. As Zacharias said concerning Israel, our service is motivated by the fact that redemption is in Christ (Luke 1:67-75).
2. We’ve been bought (I Corinthians 6:20) and delivered from sin (Romans 6:1-7) and should faithfully serve Him for those reasons (Romans 6:8-13).
3. As we have read, “We love him, because he first loved us” (I John 4:19).
B. We have a Father in Heaven (Galatians 3:26-29).
1. Being a child of God means a lot (Romans 8:17, Romans 8:31-39, Ephesians 1:3, etc.).
2. We should want to be like our Father (Ephesians 5:1; cf. I Peter 1:13-16).
3. Consider God’s perspective when His children are disobedient (Malachi 1:6).
4. On the other hand, love is the bond of perfectness (Colossians 3:14).
C. Consider some of the dangers that come with being moved only by the fear of Hell or the desire of a reward...
1. Carnal fear isn’t lasting (Jeremiah 44:7-11).
2. Reward minded thinking will cause bartering (Mark 8:36-37).
3. We’ll never understand love (Mark 12:28-33), and will thus only obey God out of obligation similar to that of a loveless marriage (Revelation 2:1-7).
4. We’ll never understand our purpose for existing (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 and Revelation 4:11).
5. In reality, we will be approaching a spiritual relationship based upon carnal desires/fears which ultimately prevent faithfulness (Romans 8:5-8).
III. Conclusion: Be “In It”, Obediently, For The Relationship (John 14:21-24).
© 2017 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager