It seems like these days everyone is offering a rewards program. Every company seems to have some kind of card that you can get where you can earn rewards. Credit card companies tell you they will reward you for going into debt to them. Retailers promise to reward you when you spend money with them by giving you coupons so you will come and spend more money with them. Hotels will give you a free night after you have spent so many nights with them. But is it really free? Even the Bible says that, “He who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” The difference is that with God you don’t have to pay to get the rewards, and they last forever. The rewards are free. We don’t earn points with God for trying to be good enough. Instead, He gives us the free gift of salvation through Jesus Chris. The true reward system, a past that is forgiven, abundant life here and now, and forever life with God, doesn’t come from a card. You can’t buy it. You can’t earn it. It is free. It comes through faith in Jesus Christ.
– Dr. Tim Thompson