There are many promises in the NT of a reward not only in this life but also in the world to come—‘a hundredfold now…and in the world to come eternal life’ (Mark 10: 29, 30); give to the poor, and there is to be treasure in heaven (Luke 18: 22). Complementary to the promise of rewards is the warning of punishments (Matt. 22: 13). However, the rewards are promised by Jesus (Mark 8: 35) to those who follow him from motives other than for the sake of the rewards, such as ‘for my sake and the gospel's’, and it is possible that the references to reward are a recognition that the ideal of self-forgetfulness is not obtainable by obsessive self-scrutiny and discipline. Reward was not the goal of ethical goodness; neither was its possibility to be deliberately suppressed.