Does what you do now in this life really create a profound impact on your eternal life?
Each mid-July our ministry sponsors a Bible conference that is held in the Dallas, Texas area. In 2017, our conference’s theme was “Living with Hope in the End Times.” One of the powerful presentations made at that conference concerned what the Bible has to say about the rewards Jesus will hand out when we stand before His judgment seat. The presentation was made by Glenn Meredith, the pastor of the Brookhaven Church in McKinney, Texas. An excerpt of Pastor Meredith’s eye-opening teaching on heavenly rewards is presented below, or watch it on our television program, Christ in Prophecy.
Glenn Meredith: What you do now in this life creates a profound impact on both what you have in the way of heavenly rewards and what you will do as a job for all of eternity.
The Bible tells us that there are numbers of distinctly different kinds of rewards. I won’t even pretend to say that I understand all of them. But, I know enough to know that our earthy service is going to be worth it all when we finally see Jesus. What we do now really matters.
For those Christians who have been living for the Lord for years and years and years, maybe they’ve become tired. Maybe they are beginning to wonder, “Does serving God really matter all that much?” Well, the Lord wants you to know today, oh yeah, it matters!
God will not forget one thing you have done for Him. And on that great day, when rewards are handed out by Jesus Himself, our life of sacrifice will all be worth it. Serving God matters! What you do now with your life will have a profound impact on how you will live in Eternity.#God will not forget one thing you have done for Him. #Heaven Click To Tweet
The Victor’s Crown
Let me close by looking at just one of the heavenly rewards awaiting believers in Jesus Christ.
The Bible teaches there are at least five different crowns that will be handed out by the Lord Jesus Christ. One of them can be found in 1 Corinthians 9:24-25.
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.”
The Apostle Paul is describing the Incorruptible Crown, or as some people call it, the Victor’s Crown. This crown rewards the person who has run the race that Christ has set before them, as Hebrews 12 describes.
In other words, this is a person who said, “Not my will, Lord, but your will be done. I want to live my life for You.” They often ask, “What do you want for my life?” They make the stand, “Lord, I deny myself, and I want to follow you with my life.”
This person runs the race of life by faith. They run this race seeking God’s will for their life. The Bible says that Christ will bestow upon them the Victor’s Crown, an incorruptible crown that will last forever as the symbol of their eternal worship of Jesus Christ.
2 CommentsLeave a Comment
“They run this race seeking God’s will for their life.”
That’s the thrust of the matter — one of several passages comes to mind:
Matthew 5:11-12 — “Blessed are you when men cast insults at you, and persecute
you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, on account of Me.
Rejoice, and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great for so they persecuted the
prophets who were before you>”
That circumstance didn’t just happen with no background leading up to it. It took a lifetime of seeking God’s will. It may not end up that way, yet it may. God’s will be done.
You do good works because you Love God and want to give Him your all. You realize that He gave His Son to die to save us from our sins. Serving Christ is a rewarding and abundant life, full of joy as we journey through this land on our way to heaven.