REWARDS

“Happy are you when people insult you and persecute you and tell all kinds of evil lies against you because you are my followers.  Be happy and glad, for a great reward is kept for you in heaven.”  (Matthew 5: 11-12)

 

The concept of receiving rewards in heaven is one that the Christian seldom thinks about, but should!  Throughout the Bible, we are guaranteed rewards in heaven for the work we do, on earth, for the Lord.

Those who think that heaven is going to be a boring place, where Saints sit around and play harps all day, are in for a big surprise.  Heaven will be the most fun and exciting place that you could ever imagine.  It will be filled with infinite reward ceremonies.

Millions of angels and fellow believers will burst into song and praise at each ceremony.  It will be like standing in the middle of a million Super Bowls and you are the halftime show.  As a believer, you should look forward to this and strive to gain for yourself as many rewards as possible. 

Let me make it clear that your belief determines where you will spending eternity (only through faith can we gain salvation) and your behavior determines how you will be spending eternity.

There are numerous rewards for believers mentioned in Scripture.  They include:

  • Giving to the Poor (Matthew 19:21)

  • Being Persecuted for Christ’s sake (Matthew 5:11)

  • Helping a Needy Person (Matthew 6:3)

  • Praying in Private (Matthew 6:6)

  • Fasting (Matthew 6:17)

  • Welcoming God’s Messenger (Matthew 10:41)

  • Doing good to those who can’t pay you back (Luke 14:14)

  • Lending and expecting nothing in return (Luke 6:35)

  • Working for the Lord in all we do (Colossians 3:23)

  • Obeying the Judgements of the Lord (Psalms 19:11)

  • Being Righteous (Psalms 58:11)

  • Doing what is Right (Proverbs 11:18)

  • Giving food and drink to your enemy (Proverbs 25: 22)

  • Acknowledging Jesus as both God and Man (2 John 1:8)

  • Seeking God and having faith that He exists (Hebrews 11:6)

  • Planting and sowing seeds of faith (1 Corinthians 3: 6)

  • Doing quality work built on Christ’s foundation (1 Corinthians 3:13)

Additional References: James 1:12, Colossians 3:23, Romans 2:6

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