I just started a series on the Book of Hebrews. It’s a wonderful book, but I know that when I mention the words “rewards” and “inheritance” it’s going to shake things up. I’ve found that so many believers have never considered the Bible’s connection between faithfulness to Christ and rewards in His coming Kingdom.
When most Christians encounter the teachings of Jesus and the Apostles on eternal rewards and an inheritance in His coming Kingdom we’re initially surprised. “Why would Jesus want to reward me for my faithfulness? Eternal life seems reward enough!”
Though it may seem incredible, an honest reading of the New Testament connects our willingness to trust Him enough to obey and suffer for Him during our life on earth with His desire to reward us with significance in His coming Kingdom.
Our eternal destination is decided by our belief. In all His teaching, Jesus identified only two places to spend eternity: heaven or hell. All who believe in Him, trusting Him as their Savior who made payment for their sin, receive eternal life and spend eternity with Him in heaven (John 3:16-17).
Once we believe, our experience of eternal life is based on our faithfulness to Jesus. While there is no good hell or bad heaven, Jesus offers eternal rewards to those believers who trust Him enough to remain faithful during our lives on earth (Matthew 6:23; 1 Timothy 6:18-19).
It may be the greatest difference between Christians today and the early church. The original readers of the New Testament lived with a healthy respect for and desire for eternal rewards: Jesus wants to reward you in heaven for your faithfulness to Him on earth.
Here are 3 Reasons Why I Believe in Rewards:
Jesus and the Apostles told us to seek rewards in heaven:
- The doctrine of rewards and our inheritance in the Kingdom explain the warning passages in the New Testament.
- The warnings are not against losing our salvation but are warning us to remain faithful to receive the reward and the inheritance Jesus wants to give us.
- Rewards, like the rest of the Christian life, are secured by grace through faith.
What? Rewards and Grace Are Connected?
They are inseparable:
- God the Father prepared the works we will be rewarded for in eternity past (Ephesians 2:10).
- God the Spirit gives us both the desire and power to accomplish these works on earth (Philippians 2:13).
- God the Son promises to reward us at His coming (Revelation 22:12).
Question: Why do you feel many Christians resist the truth that Jesus wants to reward our faithfulness to Him in His coming Kingdom?