A Sure Reward! (1 of 5) by Dennis Marquardt

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A Sure Reward! (1 of 5)
Series: The "Sure Things"
Dennis Marquardt
Proverbs 11:18; Matthew 10:42; Lamentations 3:21-23; Galatians 6:8-9; 2 Timothy 4:6-8; Hebrews 12:11-13

INTRO: Springtime is such a great time! Everybody is anxious to plant a garden. Dreams of squash, cabbage, tomatoes, radishes, strawberries, corn, etc. fill the mind as everyone excitedly plants their seeds or small plants!

BUT ... weeks later the real harvest comes -- dandelions, crab grass, prickly stems, wild grass ... several other things that we never thought we planted ... indeed we never did! Here's where the story gets sad, while many get excited about the harvest from the stuff they planted, not many get too excited about the work involved throughout the process of summer to see this dream harvest! So, some ignore the weeds, let them grow in hopes it won't make a real difference ... and as one might expect there is NO reward at the end of summer beyond a few shriveled up green beans, and perhaps a small number of tiny squash not fit to squish!

What am I saying? God has promised us a sure reward ... but that doesn't mean the harvest of righteousness comes without labor! It is true, we cannot by our works be saved, but the corollary is also true, we cannot be saved AND NOT WORK!

Harvest and the rewards of crops come from not only planting seed but maintaining a long process of weeding and working the soil to produce the most and the best!

PROP. SENT: Too many Christians are willing to get by with as little commitment to God as possible ... they will settle for shrunken fruit and tolerate the weeds in their life ... but if you want the sure reward accept the sure responsibilities ... and you'll reach a sure harvest!

I. SOWING RIGHTEOUSNESS Prov. 11:18; Gal. 6:8-9

A. Planting Prov. 11:18
1. One of the great tragedies of western mentality is the belief that we need more than we actually do ... and that we SHOULD receive without responsibility!
a. We as Ameri ...

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