“What’s in it for me?”

“After this the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: ‘Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield and your very great reward.” (Genesis 15:1)

“What’s in it for me?” Perhaps that is this generation’s most asked question. An activity, a project, a task or any investment of mind, means and energy, is deemed worthy, only if the resultant yield concentrates itself materially on just one person. For many, this is the precise purpose of religion: a mechanism for personal advancement. But this is false. Only if God himself is religion’s great reward, does ‘DO NOT BE AFRAID’ have any meaning.

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