“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.”
2 Corinthians 5:10
In the Parable of the Talents found in Matthew 25, Jesus teaches us that while our Master is away we have specific responsibilities to attend to. Salvation is commonly initiated by a prayer but that prayer is only the beginning. The Apostle Paul stated that we are to “live by faith and not by sight,” and as long as we are on Earth we are to “aim to please” God. We please God by living a life of faith.
God’s word is not just for information but our transformation. As we study His word and yield to the leading of the Holy Spirit we are transformed into God’s likeness. It’s this pursuit that produces, joy unspeakable, peace unexplainable, and love unending. Yet in God’s generosity, our pursuit of transformation in this life also yields rewards in the next life.
“And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”
When we serve, God will reward us in heaven.
When we love, God will reward us in heaven.
When we give, fast, and pray God will reward us in heaven.
When we endure hardships and suffer persecution and trials, God will reward us in heaven.
When we produce the fruit of the Spirit in our lives, God will reward us in heaven.
Spiritual living is not a suggestion but the activity by which God will distribute rewards in heaven. Rewards are important to God so they should be important to us. One day each of us will stand before God as He replays for us every deed done by faith and every missed opportunity.
Together lets recommit to a life long pursuit of faith-living. While it is still daylight we have time to work, a.k.a. live by faith, and by doing so live a life that God rewards.