I bet our last message about our crowns got you thinking about other rewards heaven? Are there any others? Boy howdy! The rewards God has in store for His faithful are unimaginable. Let’s look at some of the “biblical facts about rewards”, in your bible turn over to; 1 corinthians 3:10-14, if you don’t have your bible handy just click on the address and it should bring up the scripture.
Scripture not only supports the idea of eternal rewards, but it also spells out the specifics. In 1 Corinthians 3:10–14, I find three primary facts about rewards.
10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it. 11 For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. 14 If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward.
- Most rewards are received in heaven, not on earth. Now don’t misunderstand. There are earthly rewards. Even the world provides certain people with special honors: the Pulitzer Prize, Nobel Peace Prize, Academy Awards, Emmy, Tony, Grammy—and we all know that athletes win All-American honors or All-Pro or the Heisman Trophy. The military also offers medals of bravery, like the Navy Cross, the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, and the Medal of Honor.
But when it comes to servanthood, God reserves special honor for that day when “each man’s work will become evident” (3:13) and “he will receive a reward” (3:14). Most of the rewards servants will receive will be given after death, not before.
2. All rewards are based on quality, not quantity. Did you notice this principle in those verses from 1 Corinthians? “The fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work” (3:13, emphasis added).
We, humans, are impressed with size and volume and noise and numbers. It is easy to forget that God’s eye is always on motive, authenticity, the real truth beneath the surface, never the external splash. When He rewards servants, it will be based on quality—which means everybody has an equal opportunity to receive a reward.
The dear older lady who prays in private will be rewarded as much as the evangelist who preaches to thousands. The quiet, faithful friend who assists another in need will be rewarded as much as the strong natural leader whose gifts are more visible. A cool cup of water given to a hurting soul, bruised with adversity, will be rewarded as much as an act of sacrifice on the mission field. God, our faithful Lord, promises to reward the quality of our work.
The glory may be postponed until eternity, but it will come, which leads me into the third fact about rewards.
3. no reward that is postponed will be forgotten. Make no mistake about it, the Bible clearly teaches that each of us “will receive a reward” (1 Corinthians 3:14). God doesn’t settle His accounts at the end of every day. Nor does He close out His books toward the end of everyone’s life. No, not then.
But be assured, when that day in eternity dawns, when time shall be no more on this earth, no act of serving others be it well known or unknown by others will be forgotten.
You don’t have to be a courageous soldier in battle or a well-spoken statesman to be remembered. You can be a “nobody” in the eyes of this world, and your faithful God will, someday, reward your every act of servanthood. Rewards may be postponed, but they will not be forgotten forever.
Unlike many people today, God keeps His promises. What a time we’ll all have when we see Jesus. I can’t help but think that alone will be the greatest reward of all … to gaze into His eyes and know we are home.
Until we talk again; Be blessed my friends, stay safe, and …KEEP LOOKING UP!
O’ father, our world need s you so much, our country has gone off the tracks and needs your abundant mercy and grace to put it back on so we can continue our journey toward a righteous nation doing your work to help others. I pray Lord, the satan driven responsible for our countries troubles will be brought to light and the truth revealed.
Lord, in Jesus’ name I ask for wisdom and strength be given to the righteous leaders so they can bring our country back to you. Forgive us Lord and help us to start again.
Heavenly Father, I ask in Jesus’ name for an answer to this COVID-19, a stop to the suffering and healing to begin. We thank you for the work already being done and give you all the praise and glory …
In Jesus name, we pray,