'Christ in You...'
by Dale Krebbs
Is it wrong as a Christian to seek eternal rewards from God?
The Apostle Paul affirms that every Christian who remains faithful until they die will also receive an award from Jesus. Even more than this, Jesus Himself affirms and speaks directly of those who struggle to grow spiritually. To those who overcome difficulties of every kind He will say “Well done”! To those who had been given different gifts, they all receive same reward, only according to the ability and capacity. All will be rewarded according to what they had been given…not according to what someone else had been given.
Those who have been given less in ability, opportunity, will receive proportionally the same measure of reward as those who had been given more to work with. Jesus is absolutely fair - regardless of the accident of birth, location, or inherent abilities. All will be given exactly according to what they had done spiritually - no less and no more. God is fair - always and forever.
There are times when it seems that due to chance or birth, opportunity, heredity, location, etc., some are able to use their gifts more effectively than others. Never mind. Jesus knows ALL our circumstances, and He has considered all things regarding each of us when He called us.
Notice Jesus’ parable illustration of the final result and outcome of the life we are living as Christians:
For it is just like a man who was about to take a journey, and he called his servants together and entrusted them with his possessions. To one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and then he went on his journey. The one who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he [made a profit and] gained five more. Likewise the one who had two [made a profit and] gained two more. But the one who had received the one went and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
Now after a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. And the one who had received the five talents came and brought him five more, saying, ‘Master, you entrusted to me five talents. See, I have [made a profit and] gained five more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful and trustworthy over a little, I will put you in charge of many things; share in the joy of your master.’
Also the one who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have [made a profit and] gained two more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful and trustworthy over a little, I will put you in charge of many things; share in the joy of your master.’
The one who had received one talent also came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a harsh and demanding man, reaping [the harvest] where you did not sow and gathering where you did not scatter seed. So I was afraid [to lose the talent], and I went and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is your own.’
But his master answered him, ‘You wicked, lazy servant, you knew that I reap [the harvest] where I did not sow and gather where I did not scatter seed. Then you ought to have put my money with the bankers, and at my return I would have received my money back with interest. So take the talent away from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents.’
For to everyone who has [and values his blessings and gifts from God, and has used them wisely], more will be given, and [he will be richly supplied so that] he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have [because he has ignored or disregarded his blessings and gifts from God], even what he does have will be taken away. And throw out the worthless servant into the outer darkness; in that place [of grief and torment] there will be weeping [over sorrow and pain] and grinding of teeth [over distress and anger]" - Matthew 25:14-29 (AMP)
But the Apostle Paul had no fear of the words of Jesus:
“In the future there is reserved for me the [victor’s] crown of righteousness [for being right with God and doing right], which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that [great] day—and not to me only, but also to all those who have loved and longed for and welcomed His appearing.” - 2 Timothy 4:8
This is our calling…and our hope! I pray it is yours...!
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