In the car business there are normally rebates & incentives on vehicles. Incentives are intended to ..literally…give a customer an incentive to purchase. And, the incentives can change from month to month.
Well, the Lord gives Christians incentives as well. The greatest incentive for the Christian is the promise of heaven. When a person believes in Jesus they do so because they want to go to heaven when they die.
In Colossians 1, the apostle Paul told the Christians in Colossae, “For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all of God’s people….” then Paul says, “which come from your confident hope God has reserved for you in heaven.” Notice the last sentence…these people had faith and love because if their hope of heaven. Their hope of heaven was their incentive. Because of their hope of heaven, they had incentive to have faith in God and a love for God’s people.
We have the same incentives. Because we have faith in God and a belief in life eternal, that gives us faith and a love for God’s people.
In the car business, incentives change but God’s incentives never change. That is why we should love God.