Hebrews 10:23-25—“Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”
The future payday in heaven for believers will eclipse all of the former, earthly paydays we’ve had, but there is a difference between entering the Kingdom of God and inheriting the kingdom of God. The ride of life will end, but then we will enter eternity and receive an inheritance according to what we’ve done with what God gave us here on earth.
Revelation 20:11, 15—“And I saw a great white throne and the one sitting on it. The earth and sky fled from his presence, but they found no place to hide…And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire.”
Revelation 22:12-14—“‘Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.’ Blessed are those who wash their robes. They will be permitted to enter through the gates of the city and eat the fruit from the tree of life.”
The Bible speaks of two judgments. One is called the Great White Throne Judgment, which will separate the believers from the nonbelievers—those who had not received salvation by grace through faith in Christ. The other is called the Bema Judgment, when believers will receive rewards based on how we stewarded what God gave us. 1 Corinthians 10:11-15 says, “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ. Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials—gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value. If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward. But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames.”
So what’s Jesus looking for from us? Ask yourself if you have truly received the gift of salvation from God. Salvation isn’t a reward for the good things that we have done; it’s a gift. We can’t take the credit for it—there is nothing we can do to make ourselves righteous before God. Only Christ does that.
But our ride doesn’t stop there. God has given us an amazing gift, and He has told us to spread that message. Being a faithful steward is more about our attitude than what materials we have. Ephesians 2:8-10 says, “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”
Are you being a good steward? Ask yourself: Am I leveraging what I have? Am I jealous of what someone else has? Am I judging what someone else is doing for the kingdom? Am I ashamed of or insecure about what I have been given? Christians should be motivated because of our love for God, and desire to honor and glorify Him. We should be motivated by our love for all people, because God wants to save them like He did us. And we should be motivated by the reward which awaits us in heaven if we are faithful stewards of what He has given us.
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