Rewards in Heaven: Satisfied or Jealous?
May 20, 2010
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Sunday morning, March 7, I was with Greg Laurie and Harvest Fellowship in Riverside, California. Greg interviewed me about Heaven, and evil and suffering, and we opened the Word together. We did something similar last Thursday night in Orange County.
Short-Term Rewards vs. Living for the Audience of One
The problem with short-term rewards is not that it's wrong to receive them, but that it's wrong for them to be our primary motivation for doing the work. If we take Matthew 6 seriously, when we offer people their name on a brick for giving to a building offering we're saying "Hope you enjoy this brick, because if this is why you're giving, the brick's all the reward you're going to get."
Motivated by Eternal Reward?
Readers of my books often question whether the doctrine of eternal rewards is biblical. They say, It seems self-centered to do good works so I will be rewarded.
Do You Think Loss of Rewards in Heaven Will Be Permanent?
Question from a reader: On the doctrine of rewards, 1 Corinthians 3:15 says some will “suffer loss” though they are saved in and in the New Earth. That’s always bothered me. Loss implies comparison, and something “bad” in Heaven. Do you think that such loss is permanent? Or might there be opportunity to work past the "loss" and improve one's lot?
Why Does God Reward Us?
Like a parent, God delights to reward His children for what they have done. Randy Alcorn asserts that to want reward is not a selfish thing. He clarifies that selfishness is wanting something at the expense of another, but God's rewards are not limited, so for one person to receive ongoing rewards does not diminish the rewards available to another person. In God's system, everyone gains and no one loses. This video clip was excerpted from Randy's Eternity 101 DVD class.
Will There Be a Hierarchy of Rewards?
Randy Alcorn looks at Paul's writings in which he thanks those who have partnered in supporting His ministry to shed light on this question. This video clip was excerpted from Randy's Eternity 101 DVD class.
Do More Rewards Make One Person Happier than Another?
According to Jonathan Edwards, when we go to heaven it will be like being "cast into a sea of happiness" because we will be filled to capacity with God and His rewards. But Randy Alcorn explains that different size vessels will be filled with different amounts of rewards. Yet all will be filled and satisfied. The greater our obedience and service to God in this life, the bigger the vessel we become. But no matter the size of the vessel in Heaven, we will all be equally happy because we will all be completely filled. This video clip was excerpted from Randy's Eternity 101 DVD class.
What's Wrong with Rewards?
What's wrong with rewards? Nothing. Randy Alcorn emphasizes that if rewards were our idea, there would be a problem. But God chose to give us rewards and Scripture tells us so repeatedly. Because works don't achieve our salvation we have deminished the delight that our service to God brings Him. This video clip was excerpted from Randy's Eternity 101 DVD class.
Enjoying Rewards Is Loving God
Randy Alcorn points out that we are often uncomfortable about the idea of God giving us rewards. But rewards are simply what God wants to give because He delights in us and we have pleased Him. This doesn't make it about the rewards, rather it makes it about the God who gives the rewards. Yet we should gladly receive the gifts that God wants to give us. This video clip was excerpted from Randy's Eternity 101 DVD class.
Heaven Is the Place of Our Satisfaction
Randy Alcorn quotes A.A. Hodge and talks about the necessity of our eternal home to satisfy all human qualities. This video clip was excerpted from Randy's Eternity 101 DVD class.
What Is the Nature of Heavenly Treasures and Rewards?
Randy Alcorn and Wayne Grudem answer Q&A questions at the 2010 Clarus Conference.
How Does a Servant’s Heart on Earth Affect One’s Rewards in Heaven?
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.
Can We Really Earn Eternal Rewards?
The Law of Rewards & The Matter of Works
I would agree that our salvation is not based on our works.
Are We Rewarded in Heaven for Leaving Money to Christian Ministries When We Die?
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Not Divesting, But Investing
We flatter ourselves—and insult God—when we say, “I don’t care about reward.”