Human beings like to know there is a reward after a task is completed. The worker expects the pay, the athlete desires the medal, the student wants the certificate and the lover hopes to win the beloved. Rewards spur us to do well, and serve as powerful motivators to make the effort and sacrifice worthwhile. Discipleship entails hard work, sacrifice and commitment. It involves loving beyond measure, forgiving without limits, living for the sake of God's will and the glory of His name. Why should we do this? Why choose to deny ourselves, experience persecution, or carry our cross? We do so because of the reward that Jesus has promised (Mk. 8:35). Eternal life is ours through our Lord. Jesus, may the reward of being with You forever in Your kingdom keep us on the path that leads to You. Amen.