YOU WILL BE REWARDED
Due to the unsound prosperity doctrine, there has been an overemphasis on rewards in this life. Whilst it is entirely possible that God rewards your faithfulness in this life, the emphasis of the New Testament is on eternity. Consider Jesus words:
Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.
Matthew 19: 29-30
How much is a hundred fold return?
We should not forget that God will ultimately reward our faithfulness. God promises us this because he knows better than anyone that human beings respond well to incentives. He made us that way! Our hearts however must be right and they must be focused on serving him. God’s word also promises us that we will have problems in this life and that those who truly follow him will be persecuted.
Below are some of the rewards that are promised by God for us in heaven.
• 100 fold return on their works (Matthew [19:29])
• Reign with Christ over the world (Revelation 20:6)
• Rule over Angels (1 Corinthians 6:3)
• Put in charge of things (Matthew [25:21]-23)
• Rewards of power (Matt [20:20]-28)
• Possessions (Matthew 19)
Not bad, huh?
We know we have a bright future, so what are we going to do with our remaining time here:
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Will you join me and trade the temporal for the eternal?