Scripture Reading: Psalm 19:7–11
A. There is a great reward promised to the child of God, but it is imperative that we remain faithful in order to receive it.
B. Jesus tells us that we can be “exceedingly glad” to suffer for the sake of righteousness, for our reward is great in heaven.
I. What is the Christian’s reward?
A. The kingdom of God is his reward (Matthew 5:3, 10).
B. The Christian’s reward is comfort (Matthew 5:4).
C. His reward is contentment (Matthew 5:5–6).
D. Another significant part of the Christian’s reward is communion with God (Matthew 5:7–9).
II. The Christian’s reward is greater than any other.
A. It is greater than the rewards that men will offer us (Matthew 6:2, 5, 16; John 12:42–43).
B. It is certainly greater than the rewards that sin has to offer us (Matthew 5:22, 29; Romans 6:23).
C. It is greater than any gift that any parent has ever given to a child (Matthew 7:11).
D. It is greater than any gift that God has ever bestowed on any of His creation (Matthew 6:26–30).
III. What makes our reward so much greater?
A. It comes directly from God (Matthew 6:4, 6, 18).
B. It can never be taken from us (Matthew 6:19–20).
C. It is in heaven (Matthew 5:12).
A. Jesus bids us to seek this treasure before anything else (Matthew 6:33).
B. If we will, ours will be the glorious crown of life (Revelation 2:10).