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Freedom Study 5: His Secure Holding that Sets Us Free

The Freedom God Desires for Us Day 5- Rewards for Serving Well

“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’” (Matthew 25:21, ESV)

“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.” (Matthew 16:26-27, ESV)

“So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.” (2 Corinthians 5:9-10, ESV)

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ”. (Colossians 3:23-24, ESV)

In continuing in our study of freedom, today we are going to discuss the topic of rewards for good service. From a young age, we are familiar with the idea of being rewarded for good behavior, and, conversely, punished for bad behavior. We all likely have many memories of doing or saying something good and our parents making sure to give us some type of reward. Or, if you’re anything like me, you have more memories of doing something not good and receiving a punishment for it. This continues through school age and even into adulthood, just in different forms and from different people. We’re rewarded at school with good grades or at work with a promotion. 

In our service for the Lord, we can expect to have our works examined in a coming day. We are told that at the Judgment Seat of Christ, each believer will have their works reviewed by the Lord. All that is good will be rewarded, and all that is good for nothing will be burned up and pass away. It is not only our works that will be judged but our motives will be under scrutiny as well. It is not enough to do a good deed; it must also come from a pure heart and a good conscience. 

The idea of judgment can be a scary thing to consider, and to a degree it should be, but in the sense that our actions here on earth have eternal ramifications. When we are with our Savior, however, there will be nothing to fear. Second Corinthians 5:10 references “good or evil,” but a wise preacher named Ernie Moore said this is really “good and good for nothing.” We are not going to be punished for our sin, as Christ already bore this burden on Calvary, but a life not characterized by good service to the Lord will result in loss of reward. I do think this sense of loss will be felt by each one of us in this situation. 

Conversely, good service will be eternally rewarded by our Savior. What a blessed hope it is to have this promise! In my opinion, the teaching in Matthew 25 relates to Christ’s reign in His millennial kingdom, and our role will be based on how we serve here on earth. I am not sure what this will look like in practice, or what reward in Heaven will look like, but I think we can rest in the words we find in 1 Corinthians 2:9: “No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him.” Let us take this as another reason to serve faithfully, with a heart that has a desire to please our Lord and our God.

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