Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. – Ephesians 1:3
Sometimes people view working toward a reward as less than honorable. They think it’s not right to serve God just to get a reward. But these people may approve if the reward is only one reason for serving Him. However, God’s Word shows us that He is vitally concerned about rewards. “There is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake, but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age . . . and in the age to come, eternal life” (Mark 10:29-30).
God honors those who honor Him, and God wants you to expect to be blessed. If you’re a Christian, you’ve already been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. If God can trust you to be generous with the earthly treasures He’s given you, He will have every reason to supply you with more.
Giving is the way to receiving. Most Christians have it backward. They say, “Lord, give to me, and then I will give to You.” But here is a fundamental difference between us and God: We can trust God, He can’t trust us. Many times He gives to us and never sees it again.
When we honor Him first, He promises to respond to us.