Rewards Points

In today’s society of connectivity, everybody is connected to everyone else (it seems) through Facebook, twitter, instagram, LinkedIn and a variety of other social media technologies. Companies are even trying to profit from the connected culture more than ever through expanded Rewards Points, “bonus cards,” travel miles, and other loyalty programs. Some companies have even originated with a goal to simplify all the many loyalty programs into one simplified, one stop shopping reward market.

For some people, this whirlwind of technology, social media, and rewards points programs control their life and destiny. They spend countless hours on-line chatting with “friends,” playing games, and stacking up rewards that in the end would probably be cheaper to buy working a few hours part time (vs spending hours online).

Anyway, I’m not intending to bash any of these. I’m just thankful that at the end of the day, I’m not competing for the most friends on Facebook. I’m not in a contest to get the most free stuff at the grocery store. And I’m not vying for the most chips in an on-line poker game. At the end of the day, it is not about any of these.

Life is about the here and now AND the future. What does your life consist of today? And where will you spend eternity?

Here’s a fact: I’m not good enough for Heaven! The Bible is very clear that I can’t do anything physically or morally to get into Heaven.

For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law. – Romans 3:28 (ESV)

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. – Ephesians 2:8-9 (ESV)

If there was something that we could do to get to Heaven, then God would “owe” us Salvation. But instead, God doesn’t owe us anything. Instead, we owe it all to Him.

“For God so loved the world,that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16 (ESV)

It is because of His love for us that we can have eternal life. No social connections, no rewards points, nothing can earn His love. God has already given it to us: a free gift of Salvation through Jesus Christ.

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