When God introduced Himself to Abraham, His word came to him in a vision saying, “Do not be afraid Abram, for I am your shield, your exceeding great reward.” (Genesis 15:1)
“The righteous are rewarded here on earth.” (Prov. 11:31)
“The trustworthy person will get a rich reward.” (Prov. 28:20)
The Apostle John wrote in 2 John 8 “Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we have worked for, but that we receive a full reward.”
I believe that a “rich” reward is a “full” reward. There is a spiritual law attributed to receiving full rewards that includes our honoring God. God told Eli the priest in I Samuel 2:30 “Those who honor Me will I honor…” Eli lost the reward of having faithful sons to succeed him in ministry because he honored his sons above honoring God.
Those who live their lives in a way that honors God will never lose their full reward. It is sobering to even think of losing what we have labored for because of careless and poor decisions made without honoring the wisdom of God.
How sad it would be if a businessman who had labored to build his company for years was to lose it in the end because of a few bad decisions. The benefits of one’s labor can be lost in a moment through wrong choices. The twelve spies whom Moses sent into Canaan lost in a moment what they had labored to possess because ten of them confessed only fear and doubt.
The Bible encourages us to finish the race well! Galatians 6:9 “In due season we will all reap, if we don’t give up!” Christianity is not a sprint - it is an endurance run! It’s not how we start the race that counts, but it is how we complete it. I believe how we finish the race is determined by the choices we make that honor God.
To honor God is to live in obedience by following His Word in humility and reverence toward Him. “By humility and fear of the Lord are riches, honor, and life.” (Proverbs 22:4)