Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.
(Revelation 22:12 (NIV))
What are the most obvious questions that present themselves after reading this?
If you are like me, the first thought that I had was will what I have done merit a reward?
I can hear the questions that arise from that question. Basically, they pivot around the truth of the fact that we can’t earn salvation by our deeds. Salvation is a gift of grace that is freely given to all who will receive. Is this where the reward comes in? Is Jesus differentiating between those who simply receive Him and those who receive Him and then bring others into the kingdom?
Think about that with respect to your life?
I hate to say this, but it is human nature to sit back and look around at the world and have the attitude that I have mine. I believe in Jesus!
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
(John 3:16 (NIV))
If you reflect on this, you realize that when you first accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, you are so thankful for what Jesus has done for you. As you mature, you begin to realize that what He has done for you He has freely done for everyone. All that they need to do is accept. It is at this stage in your faith that you begin to realize that you know people who could use a salvation relationship with Jesus.
Are you content with simply receiving yours?
Do you share the Gospel?
Each of us are called to do just that!
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
(Matthew 28:19-20a (NIV))
I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of a greater reward than being a faithful servant and sharing the Gospel.
His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
(Matthew 25:21 (NIV))
What will be your reward?
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Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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