George Clooney has just been announced as this year’s recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Film Institute. He is being honored for his achievements as an actor, writer, producer and director. He has won two Oscars as well as other honors. And it cannot hurt that he remains so good looking, although that may not have influenced those bestowing this award! In any case, this award represents approval from people for noteworthy achievements.
Today we bury my 95 year old Mother. Her lifetime achievements are not so well-known or noteworthy. But right now she is enjoying her reward. This reward lasts for eternity and it does not depend on the approval of men.. Today’s verse explains that Abraham’s reward is God Himself. Abraham enjoyed an intimate relationship with his Creator. He was even called, “God’s friend.” (James 2:23). He, like my Mother, was able to enjoy his reward while here on earth. But to literally be in His presence is a reward that surpasses any other!
I think the world of my Mother but of course, she was not perfect. However, I know she is enjoying her “Reward” because of God’s grace and forgiveness. Although she spent her life following and obeying Him, she did not earn her place in His presence. She is there because of God’s grace. And I know, because I have accepted His grace as well, I will one day be able to hug her again. I know she is hearing God’s approval as He says, “Well done, My good and faithful servant.”
Thank you Lord, for being our very great reward!