Ok, so here’s the fine print: The topic of rewards in heaven is a gray area. There is not much we know for certain, except that there will be a reward for God’s faithful disciples. So, at the very least, the idea of rewards should give every committed Christian pause. How loyal am I? What is the value of the work I do? What will be my final evaluation? The apostle Paul addresses this in his first letter to the Corinthian church: “If what has been built on the foundation survives, the builder will receive a reward. If the work is burned, the builder will suffer loss; the builder will be saved, but only as through fire” (1 Corinthians 3:14-15). Paul knows that many Christians will stand in line at judgment day with very little to show for their time on earth. Like a person fleeing from a burning building, some folk will have nothing more than the smoking clothes on their backs.
We can do better. We can do stop wasting our time, resources, and lives on things that do not matter. We can build on a solid foundation now, with our eyes on eternity. And someday, we may hear our Lord say, “Well done, good and faithful servant…enter into the joy of the Lord” (Matthew 25:23).
- Revelation 22:12-14 - 16-17:20-21