“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Psalm 139:14
Friday, November 9, 2012
Lost rewards, no big deal?
I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to
his work" (Revelation 22:12)
yourselves, that ye lose not the things which we have wrought, but that ye
receive a full reward. (2 John 8)
Quite honestly, I must admit, I am guilty of not trying as hard as I should to do more things for the Lord. I rest in the blessed assurance of my salvation through the grace of what Jesus accomplished on the cross, but then get a bit slack when it comes to what I can do for Him. (of course there is nothing we can possibly do to pay Him back fully!) We are incapable of this, just as we are incapable of paying the sin debt ourselves in the first place.
In my anticipation of the glory of what living forever in Heaven with my beloved Savior might be like...I am stunted in my vision of that splendor. I tend to envision a wonderful beauty beyond imagination...which is, of course, true.
But, what I am not seeing, is that, whle earning rewards are like a 'bonus' for us to enjoy when we get there...I tend to think I will be happy enough to just get to live there forever...and that rewards are just some extras...
So, here's a little exercise the Lord gave me to do...it's a visionary exercise:
Imagine a place, a day,or event here on earth where you were at your happiest ever...where you often revisit in your mind...a place of peace and calm, joy and love....Go ahead and get that picture in your mind...I'll wait.
Here is one of mine (in case you need some help)~
Now, imagine that place looking more like this:
Still pretty, but not as much, right?
Well, in context of where we live, we can draw assessments of whether a place is beautiful or just pretty, glorious or just ordinary. Of course the most beautiful place here on earth will pale in comparison to the least glorious place in Heaven! I hope you can grasp the meaning behind this little visual exercise, in order to appreciate the importance of wanting to do as much as we can for the Lord, whenever we have opportunity, while here on earth (in our mortal bodies).
Because, not only does God want to bless us above and beyond our wildest imagination...but the more we please Him, the more it blesses Him and brings Him glory!
~Bless The Lord O My Soul~
Chorus: Bless the Lord, Oh my soul And all that is within me Bless His holy name
Verse: He has done great things He has done great things He has done great things Bless His holy name....byAndrea Crouch
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to
those who belong to the family of believers. (Galations 6:10)
Barnes' Notes on the
(continue for more insight and commentary) That we lose not those things which we have wrought - Margin: "Or, gained."
Some copies read: "which ye have gained, but that ye." The reading here referred
to in the margin is found in several manuscripts and also in the Vulgate, the
Syriac, and the Aethiopic versions. It is not, however, adopted in the late
critical editions of the New Testament, and the common reading is probably
genuine. The sense is not materially varied, and the common reading is not
unnatural. John was exhorting the family to whom this Epistle was written to
take good heed to themselves while so many artful errorists were around them,
lest they should be drawn away from the truth, and lose a part of the full
reward which they might hope to receive in heaven. In doing this, nothing was
more natural than that he, as a Christian friend, should group himself with
them, and speak of himself as having the same need of caution, and express the
feeling that he ought to strive also to obtain the full reward, thus showing
that he was not disposed to address an exhortation to them which he was not
willing to regard as applicable to himself.
The truth which is taught here is one of interest to all Christians - that it
is possible for even genuine Christians, by suffering themselves to be led into
error, or by failure in duty, to lose a part of the reward which they might have
obtained. The crown which they will wear in heaven will be less bright than that
which they might have worn, and the throne which they will occupy will be less
elevated. The rewards of heaven will be in accordance with the services rendered
to the Redeemer; and it would not be right that they who turn aside, or falter
in their course, should have the same exalted honours which they might have
received if they had devoted themselves to God with ever-increasing fidelity. It
is painful to think how many there are who begin the Christian career with
burnings zeal, as if they would strike for the highest rewards in heaven, but
who soon waver in their course, and fall into some paralyzing error, until at
last they receive, perhaps, not half the reward which they might have obtained.
But that we receive a full reward - Such as will be granted to a life
uniformly consistent and faithful; all that God has to bestow on his people when
most faithful and true. But who can estimate the "full reward" of heaven, the
unspeakable glory of those who make it the grand business of their lives to
obtain all they can of its bliss. And who is there that does not feel that he
ought to strive for a crown in which not one gem shall be missing that might
have sparkled there forever?