Saturday, March 29, 2008

This is a BIG Deal Concerning Your Rewards

I was thinking yesterday about what we do for the Lord, what He wants us to do etc, and the Lord just floored me with this. Putting these two pieces of the puzzle together is huge. Read this first:

1Cr 3:11For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

1Cr 3:12
Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;

1Cr 3:13
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.

1Cr 3:14
If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

1Cr 3:15
If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

Only our works that survive the fire, are eligible for reward. So obviously we want what we do to "count" for the kingdom of God and "abide." Ok, great, so how do we do that? Here ya go:

Colossians 3:17
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

That's one heck of a statement if you think about it....WHATEVER YOU it in the name of Jesus giving thanks to God the Father through him. Taking out the trash? Do it in the name of Jesus, going to work this morning to earn your daily bread? Do it in the name of Jesus. Start building your heavenly reward account by DOING EVERYTHING in the name of Jesus. Only what's done for Him counts in the end. HIS kingdom come, HIS will be done, remember?

Basically the Lord is saying, you don't work for some company, some agency, yourself, whatever, you WORK FOR HIM, start acknowledging that fact, and work accordingly

Col 3:23
And whatsoever ye do, do [it] heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;

Col 3:24
Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

When you continually think about the fact that you work for the Lord, regardless of what you do, it will change the way you look at everything, think about it, do it, your rewards depend on it. Grace and Peace