Even though we intellectually know, we wonder what will happen when we face God. What will He think of us? How will He feel about our failures and broken promises? The truth is we have nothing to fear. It’s not the Father who will ‘judge’ us. “The Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son” (John 5:22). Standing before Jesus doesn’t sound scary at all. We have already experienced His grace and mercy, His forgiveness and unconditional love (Psalm 103:10-12).
Christ is an impartial judge. He is not influenced by what others think or say, but rather, He determines what is right and good based on His honorable, just standard. We’ll be stripped of our worthless works–in other words, the actions and words we used for selfish ambition or vain conceit. All that will remain are the worthwhile things we thought, said, and did to honor God (1 Corinthians 3:11-15).
Reward is all we will experience when we get to heaven, never judgment for sin (Romans 8:1). He wants to share His blessings so He will reward us for our acts of faithful service and devotion (1 Corinthians 3:10-13; 2 Corinthians 5:10). Jesus is eager to share His heavenly treasures with us.
This should give us peace and confidence as we maneuver through this life. If we remain faithful, we will be rewarded. Not only do we have free salvation but we receive blessings and rewards on top of it. Is that grace or what?
Revelation 22:12 “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done.
Philippians 3:14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 4:8 in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.
Promises of rewards are much greater motivators than fear of punishment. When you struggle in your Christian life, think of the rewards and blessings God has in store for those who faithfully strive to live for Him.
cto Rev. Dr. JERRY SCHMOYER
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