Cynics say that there is no purely selfless act—that we are always motivated by the hope of a reward. We might act to garner praise or so others will think we are virtuous. We might even do it to make a point or to make others feel inferior. It’s natural to hope that good deeds will be rewarded, that hard work will pay off and that our sacrifices will be worthwhile. In reality, though, we may suffer for our choices. We may be insulted, persecuted or left behind—thrown into the metaphorical fiery furnace.
Discipleship compels us to do what is right anyway, simply because it is right. God asks us to live as the people he made us to be. Therefore, we act in faith and hope, trusting in his promise that our reward will be great in heaven.
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