Bible Ballistics: BBs #364 The Wages Due???
We have been talking about the price that Jesus paid for our salvation, and our debt to Him for the saving grace which He has provided; which should be evident through a life lived in devoted love and obedience to the Lord who saves us. Why would we ever not want to repay in love that which we have received from God—eternal life, abundant life, and a future hope. All because Jesus came and gave Himself for me/for you. I would like to take a few minutes this morning to encourage you and remind each of us that ‘payday’ is coming—and just because we don’t get our reward today (So to speak, because Jesus is my reward every day that I live!), it is coming. And the reward will reflect that which we have given of ourselves to Jesus in this life!
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
which according to his abundant mercy
hath begotten us again
unto a lively hope
by the resurrection of Jesus Christ
from the dead,
4 To an inheritance
and that fadeth not away,
reserved in heaven for you,
5 Who are kept
by the power of God
ready to be revealed
in the last time.
6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice,
though now for a season,
if need be,
ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:” 1 Peter 1:3-6
Peter reminded those early believers of the hope that never fails—the hope of glory that Jesus gives to those who will come to Him in repentance and faith.
“To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles;
which is Christ in you,
the hope of glory:” Colossians 1:27
Christ Jesus gives to us a wonderful salvation—the gift of eternal life, His very presence in our hearts, and the hope of “glory” that we will share in eternity with Him—Jesus our God, and we His children—together forever apart from the presence of sin, death and hell!
“Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.” 2 Corinthians 9:15
But we need to remember that we will give an account in regard to our stewardship of God’s gifts and calling upon our individual lives. Here are a few of the scriptures that remind us of our accountability to God (And remember, there are only one of two wages to receive, death or eternal life, See Ro. 3:23, but there are rewards for faithful service.)
“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.
14 If any man’s work abide
which he hath built thereupon,
he shall receive a reward.
15 If any man’s work shall be burned,
he shall suffer loss:
but he himself shall be saved;
yet so as by fire.” 1 Corinthians 3:13-15
“For whether we live,
we live unto the Lord;
and whether we die,
we die unto the Lord:
whether we live therefore,
we are the Lord’s.
9 For to this end Christ both died,
that he might be Lord
both of the dead and living.
10 But why dost thou judge thy brother?
or why dost thou set at nought thy brother?
for we shall all stand
before the judgment seat of Christ.
11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord,
every knee shall bow to me,
and every tongue shall confess to God.
12 So then every one of us
shall give account
of himself to God.” Romans 14:8-12
May we ponder these truths today, and while these refer to the judgment of the saved, if you don’t know Jesus, there is a different judgment to consider. That one will be not only according to your works, but condemnation will come on those who have rejected the ‘Blood of the Lamb’ who died for “the world” of men! (See John 3:16) Revelation 20 reveals the sentence for all who reject Jesus!
“And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God;
and the books were opened:
and another book was opened,
which is the book of life:
and the dead were judged
out of those things
which were written
in the books,
according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them:
and they were judged
according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.
This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written
in the book of life
was cast into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:12-14
I pray that you will choose wisely! And if you have already chosen and received Jesus, may our lives reflect His saving power, presence, grace and glory to those God places in our path. I pray God’s blessings on your day, dear ones!
“But thanks be to God,
which giveth us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren,
be ye stedfast,
always abounding in the work of the Lord,
forasmuch as ye know
that your labour is not in vain
in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:57-58
Amen and Amen!!!