Rewards play a big part in parenting. They can be used to encourage and sustain positive behavior in our children. But when it comes to teaching our children about eternal matters, we must first look at rewards from a heavenly perspective. Remember the account of the rich young ruler in Matthew 19? He asked Jesus, "What must I do to have eternal life?" In response, Jesus told him to give up everything. The young man found Jesus's answer was not only unacceptable but also unachievable. How could anyone keep His commandments perfectly or give up everything in full obedience to the Lordship of Christ? The sad fact is, this young man found the Lordship of Jesus Christ too much to bear. He left saddened, but with his earthly possessions still in his own control.
The disciples asked Jesus the same question: "Who then can be saved?" This time Jesus answered: "With man this is impossible but with God all things are possible."
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