Rev 14:13 KJV – “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.”
“Their works do follow them”. What a wonderful blessing it is to know that the Christian’s acts of service to Christ will follow them into their eternal dwelling place! Our good works will be remembered and rewarded by Christ in eternity!
Previously, we have said that because God is a holy God, He must judge sin. Likewise, we are told that if God is holy, He must remember the service that is done in His name…
Heb 6:10-11 KJV – “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:”
This judgment will take place in the first stage of our eternity, which is called the thousand year reign…
Rev 20:4 KJV – “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”
This judgment will discern works that are done SINCERELY with THE RIGHT MOTIVES that are IN ALIGNMENT WITH the commands of God found in His Word…
1Co 3:12-15 KJV – “Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”
Once rewarded, the people of God will place the rewards back at the feet of Christ in an act of praise and worship…
Rev 4:10-11 KJV – “The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”
Why will we do this? Because we understand that we could not be faithful in our service without His constant enabling intervention. It is only by His grace, that we can serve Him in a way that is pleasing to Him. Our service is truly Christ working in us to bring forth lives of obedience to Him!
Joh 15:5-6 KJV – “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.”
2Co 3:4-5 KJV – “And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;”
Php 4:13 KJV – “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
Laying our rewards at His throne is an act of recognition of this principle and praise to the One who enabled us.
May we all be thankful for the Lord’s promise of eternal rewards and eagerly await the privilege of placing those rewards back at His feet. In doing so, we will be praising and honoring Him for His great enabling grace during our times of earthly service to Him!
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