From a Creighton Student's Perspective
September 7, 2011
Senior, Theology and Secondary Education Double Major
"Rejoice and leap for joy on that day! Behold, your reward will be great in heaven." - Luke 6:23
Today’s readings speak of the rewards for following Christ. They promise great rewards- only these rewards are not on earth, as one would expect, but in heaven. This isn’t the easiest concept for me to accept. I was raised, and currently live, in a world of instant gratification. If I did the dishes as a child, I got ice cream. If I want to eat, I only have to open the refrigerator, and if I want to watch TV, I have 200 channels to choose from, in addition to the movies readily available on my computer. I can even find out any piece of information I want with a simple Google search. My rewards are material, instant, and sometimes given when I do not deserve them.
This is not the life Christ brought to us. The reward we will gain for our life in Christ is not material and is not instant. But our reward is promised to be greater than anything on this earth. Our reward is to appear with Christ in glory. Everything will disappear: all language, race, gender, etc. We will all be with Christ in his glory.
Sometimes I question why I believe what I believe and if it is really worth it. Today, as I look to this reading for inspiration, I ask God to grant me the strength to remember my reward. I pray for the ability to overcome my need of instant gratification and to always remember the glory and love of God.
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