Service is a reward, not a punishment. This idea is foreign to people who dislike their work and only put up with it until retirement. We think that faithful work should be rewarded by a vacation for the rest of our lives. But God offers us something very different: more work, more responsibilities, increased opportunities, along with greater abilities, resources, wisdom, and empowerment.
Resources: eternal rewards
- Fri, Mar 05, 2010
Question from a reader:
In your book In Light of Eternity, you say we can lose our crowns and quote I Corinthians 9:27: "But I keep under my body and bring it into subjection: lest by any means, when I have preached to others I myself should be a castaway." I have understood the word "castaway" translated as rejected from the competition. I can see this as not receiving a crown that would have been available just as not receiving a reward that would have been available, but losing a crown and having it taken away from you, a ...
I did use the word “earn” in a few places in my books Money, Possessions and Eternity and In Light of Eternity. But in its context in both books I used “earn” in the sense of a Christ-empowered obedience resulting in God graciously granting us the rewards he promises.
Eternal rewards is a hot topic in the evangelical community, partly because some people think it is anti-grace and leads to works-righteousness to earn salvation. Nothing could be further from the truth, but that’s the perception.
Despite my best attempts to be careful with Scripture, my understanding is far from complete and is without doubt incorrect in some areas. But if the reader diligently investigates the Scripture passages referred to in this summary, he may discover to his surprise (and either to his delight or discomfort) that some of his own notions and assumptions about heaven are in fact not biblical. In the process, he will gain a far greater understanding of this vital subject.
- Mon, Jan 18, 2010
- Money and Giving
Heb 9:27 says, "It's appointed unto men once to die, and after this the judgment." Everything we receive reward for is what we actually did on earth.
It is my happiness that I have served Him who never fails to reward His servants to the full extent of His promise. – John Calvin
Consider, to provoke you to good works, that you shall have from God, when you come to glory, a reward for everything you do for him on earth.
Whatever good thing you do for Him, if done according to the Word, is laid up for you as treasure in chests and coffers, to be brought out to be rewarded before both men and angels, to your eternal comfort. — John Bunyan
He who provides for this life but takes no care for eternity is wise for a moment but a fool forever. — John Tillotson
- Mon, Jun 18, 2007
- Money and Giving
Then Jesus says, "When you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men" (Matt. 6:2).