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Your Reward on High

February 13, 2017

Good works a primary duty of the Christian life. Ephesians 2:8-10 describes the relationship of good works to salvation. No one is saved by works. “For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of ourselves, it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Salvation does not come from good works. Good works come from salvation. The saved are saved to do good works. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Before you were ever saved God determined that you and every other beleiver would be saved to do good works. His eternal plan was for you to do good for others.

The good works Christians do will be graciously reward by God. 1 Corinthians 15:58 instructs believers to be “abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” Hebrews 6:10 says, “God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward His name.”

As you invest yourself in the work of the ministry sometimes it seems long, sometimes it seems tedious, sometimes it seems fruitless. Never forget there is always a reward. The Christian’s reward does not on the vine. The Christian’s reward is not stolen away. The Christian’s reward is certain. It is eternal. It is stored up in heaven waiting for you.

Your labor is not in vain. Though men may not see or remember the work you do for God’s people, God will always see. He will always remember. God values the Christian’s service highly. Jesus told His disciples that if any one gave them a cup of water- basic, mundane and trivial service- in His name that person would not lose his reward. If you serve other Christian’s in Christ’s name because of your position together in Christ, God will not overlook that service. Even the most trivial, unimportant, mundane thing that you do will be rewarded by God. Do good.

As you invest your resources, time and energy in the work of the Lord, remember God will not be mocked. His principles cannot be scorned and ignored. A gardener who plants tomato seeds will only get tomatoes. In the spiritual realm a Christian will only reap what is sown. If you spend yourself on the things of the flesh, satisfying the desires of your flesh and seeking self-promotion you will never reap spiritual fruit. If the seeds you plant are fleshly, the fruit you reap will be the fleshly fruit of destruction and condemnation.

If the seeds you plant are of the Holy Spirit, then the fruit you reap will be spiritual. If you give your energy to the things of God you will reap things that are eternal. If you live a life under the control of the Holy Spirit- walking in the Spirit- then you will reap the eternal. You will reap eternal life, eternal good and eternal joy. You will reap what you sow.

This is a sober warning, but the words of Galatians 6:9 are an encouragement. Because you will reap what you sow, don’t be weary in doing good. If you get discouraged and disheartened in doing good you will find a reason to quit. You will start looking for a way out. Do not be exhausted by good works. Do not be downcast because of an apparent lack of fruit. Do not be despondent because of a seeming lack of reward for your labor. You will reap in the proper time. Keep working, the harvest is coming.

Because the harvest is coming take every available opportunity to do good to men. Stop and help. Give when you are able. Serve when the need arises. Do good to all men.



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