Does the Outcome of a Good Deed Affect Our Eternal Reward?

Question from a reader:

What if we tell someone how to get to Heaven, and they believe and pray to receive Him? And what if they seem to stop believing, and show no evidence of a changed life? Would there be any reward from what was said earlier?

Answer from Stephanie Anderson, EPM staff:

Our job is to be faithful to Jesus and do good (“knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord,” Ephesians 6:8) and leave the results to God. Scripture doesn't seem to indicate that receiving a reward is conditional on results and what other people ultimately choose, but rather on our faithfulness to Christ: “He will render to each one according to his works” (Romans 2:6).

Randy writes about evangelism, “Have you been praying for years for someone’s salvation without any visible results? Don’t get discouraged. Just keep on doing what you’ve been doing. Praying, witnessing, giving them helpful books, giving of your time and affection. Be faithful to your Lord and leave the results to Him.”

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Stephanie Anderson is the communications and graphics specialist at Eternal Perspective Ministries.