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Did you ever stop to think that most of our life happens after our physical death?
What you believe will determine your eternal destination. Let’s assume you are a follower of Jesus, then your eternal home is Heaven. Now that you know where you are spending eternity, the question is how you will spend eternity.
There was a time in my walk with the Lord that I couldn’t believe God would want to reward me for what I was already willingly doing for Him. I also thought, “Why would I want anything more if I am spending eternity with Jesus.” Yet, when I read the Scriptures, it is clear God wants to reward us.
For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works. Matthew 16:27
Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward. Luke 9:41
The church doesn’t seem to talk much about rewards in Heaven, But Scripture is clear that God chooses to reward us because of His generous nature. Jesus told parables about stewardship and getting rewards. We are all commissioned to go about the business of His Kingdom while He is gone, and then, as the above verse tells us, “He will reward each according to his works.”
Jesus, Solomon, and the Apostle Paul all speak of degrees of rewards too. You can also lose your rewards, but to be clear, you cannot lose your Salvation. Read 2 John 4-10.
Billy Graham said, “The believer has his foundation in Jesus Christ. Now we are to build upon this foundation, and the work we have done must stand the ultimate test; final exams come at the judgment Seat of Christ when we receive our rewards. ”
What you do today matters! How are you investing in your eternal home?
Jesus, your final promise, tells us that you will give your reward to every one of us according to his work. May each of our days live for your words; “Well done.” In Jesus name, Amen.