Those who trust in riches now will have their reward now, and those who trust in full bellies now will have their reward now. In this lab, John Piper teaches that those who trust in the coming kingdom will receive their reward — the greatest reward — when Christ returns.
Some questions to ask as you read and study Luke 6:20–26:
- Why do you think God often mentions rewards when he calls for obedience? Does this make us selfish or selfless?
- Read Luke 6:34–36 and Hebrews 11:24–26. What role did reward have in Moses’s obedience? What role should reward have in ours?
- Read Luke 6:20–26. Identify the specific rewards God offers to those who follow him through hard things on earth. What would you say to someone who says it is wrong to follow God to gain a reward?
Principle for Bible Reading
This is one of the richest relationships in the Bible. A ground gives support or a reason for another statement. One way to think of it is that it is the ground upon which another statement is built. The supporting (or grounding) statement comes after the statement it supports. When you come to a grounding statement in the Bible, ask what came before it that it supports.
Conjunctions, or connecting words, are very important in the Bible because they tell us how two statements are related to each other. In this case, a grounding relationship is usually connected with for, because, or since.
For example: “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” How do we know that Jesus loves us? For (or because) the Bible tells me so.