Numbers 18:8: Then the LORD spoke to Aaron, “Behold, I have given you charge of the contributions made to me, all the consecrated things of the people of Israel. I have given them to you as a portion and to your sons as a perpetual due.
The children of Israel were supposed to deal with God in faith, connecting with the unseen God with seen things, connecting with the eternal God with their used of limited time. We contribute our substance, our time in devotion to God on the earth and it is converted to heavenly rewards.
When you go to another country, you cannot spend the currency of the old place in the new place, it needs to be converted, but the one who has worked hard in one country and earned a lot will have more to convert when he and his friends who did not work so hard travel to the new country.
Heaven is a new country where what we did on earth will be converted to spiritual rewards. Paul was very convinced of this and said that God crowns ready for those who love his appearing (2Timothy 4:6-8). He spoke of the prize of the high calling of God which is not on this earth (Philippians 3:9-14), he spoke of winning the prize at the end of a race (1Corinthians 9:24).
We need to strive for the prize of the high calling of God. In letters written to churches and recorded in the book or Revelation, there was something that each church were supposed to overcome and at the end of the day when Jesus comes back they will be amply rewarded (Revelation 2-3).
Paul contributed greatly for the work of God. And he was happy to leave the earth after sometimes assured that he was going to the place of reward. Jesus, talking about reward at the end of time said that a man left town and gave his servants different amounts of money to work with, those who worked hard were rewarded, while the one who decided to hide what he was given was published, when the master came back (Matthew 25:14-30). Jesus will not be gone forever, he is coming back to give to everyone according to their work (Revelation 22:12).
There is the time of ultimate reward. Paul said that we will all stand before the judgement seat of Christ to gain the reward of what we have done in the flesh (2Corinthians 5:10). Being here on earth should count for spiritual rewards.
When it comes to reward, the ultimate is faith, hope and love (1Corinthians 13:13). Faith is private in devotion to God, Hope is future, in anticipation of his coming and what we keep from because of that and love is for other, in activities we embark on to benefit others. These three determine our reward.
With faith we connect with God (Luke 18:1, 8), with hope firmly in us, we set our eyes not on the temporary things on earth but on the things of heaven (Colossians 3:1-3), where Christ is seated; on the eternal things and are not distracted by the things of the earth. That is why we embrace righteousness not because it is popular but because we live as one pleasing God in heaven (1John 3:1-3). And when it comes to love, what is what our work should be directed by, and the bible says that if it is not love, it is nothing (1Corinthians 13).
What is given in the course of God in time, space and energy in what is physical is translated into something greater bigger, something spiritual. To gain great spiritual rewards, Paul Told timothy to tell those who are rich in this world to not trust in uncertain riches but put their trust in God and be great givers, because giving on the earth translates to something greater in the realm of God (1Timothy 6:17-19).
Heaven is closer than you think. There are angels all around us, and God is watching us. Even though we do not see them, we can connect with them.
For example, the bible says the angels hearken to the word of God (Psalm 103:20), therefore if you put the word of God in your mouth, as you say it, you set angels in motion to carry things out on your behalf. And God said that he elevates his word above his name (Psalm 138:2), and Jesus said that his words are spirits and life, so when we speak the word of God though it carries natural energy, it also carries spiritual energy.
Not only that, when we pray we set things in motion in the realm of the spirit as Daniel’s experience showed (Daniel 9-10).
He was praying and fasting and twice in response to his prayer effort God sent angels. And on one of the two occasions, for 21 days, an evil angel stopped the good angel from delivering his message. And as Daniel continued in prayer, another good angel was dispatched to help the first, and the initial angel sent was able to gain passage to deliver the divine message to Daniel.
Jesus said when we pray in the secret God will reward us openly (Matthew 6:6). Prayer gets God going. Jesus said that men ought always to pray and not to faint (Luke 18:1). When we spend time with God we get rewarded with his presence. God said: you will seek me and you will find me when you seek me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:13). In prayer, we pay a special attention to God so that he can pay a special attention to us. We ask and it is given to us.
Our material giving also gets things going in the spirit. Jesus said when we give it will be given to us, good measure pressed down shaken together will men pour into our bosom (Luke 6:38).
When we give to God, which is to his course on earth, it is like a sweet-smelling odour going up to God in heaven (Philippians 4:10-18).
When Noah offered sacrifices after the flood which ravaged the earth, the bible said that God smelled the offering and promised to never destroy the world with a flood (Genesis 8:20-22). Noah connected with God on behalf of humanity with that offering, and God connected back with that promise and said that as long as the earth remains, seed-time and harvest will not cease.
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