The Daily Devotions of Greg Laurie
“Homily Grits Devotional” http://www.homilygrits.com/
Written by the wise 84 yr old Robert VanHoose, who writes the “Homily Grits Devotional” above…
Read Jeremiah 17:7-10,
1 Corinthians 3:10-15
“What is Our Reward?”
“Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” Ephesians 2:9 NLT
Eternal life is by faith alone through grace alone. It is a gift that we can do nothing to earn. When we think that there is anything we must do to earn salvation, we diminish Christ’s death on the cross and imply that His sacrifice was not enough to save us.
Good works have nothing to do with determining our destination. Jesus Christ’s good work on the cross does this for us who receive Him by faith. If this is true, and the Bible makes it very clear that it is, the many references to rewards in heaven must mean something else.
What are the treasures we are told to store up in heaven? What are the various kingdoms that the faithful steward is told he will rule over? What are the “great rewards” promised to those who suffer and are persecuted for the sake of the Gospel?
Since there is no sin, there is no pride or jealousy possible for the treasures of extra responsibilities and opportunities for ministry and service given to those who have stored up rewards in heaven.
For those who truly love God there can be no higher motivation than to love God by serving Him in appreciation for the great things He has done for us.
We don’t serve to earn what He has already earned for us; but we should all yearn to have our efforts on His behalf survive that we may hear His “well done thou good and faithful servant” when we stand before Him at the judgment seat of those who have been justified by faith. Hearing this high praise from our Lord should also be the motivation of every believer.
Father, by the power of the Holy Spirit, help me to live a life fully pleasing to You, that I might hear You say: “Well done, good and faithful servant”, In Jesus’ name, Amen