Hebrews 10:35,36 “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.”
In this verse, the Apostle Paul talks about the possibility of losing rewards. In the Bible, salvation is never considered a reward for believers – that comes by faith in Christ.
Rewards are given for faithful service and there are several of them. They include crowns and positions of authority. While many people are focused on being able to go to Heaven because of Christ, many do not realize that there are rewards that can be obtained, too. Because many are not working for them, they are apt to lose out.
Paul indicates that a believer needs to be careful to maintain faith, and continue living for God with their whole life. He tells the believer to be patient. Things may not always be grand and wonderful, some hardships will come. But, don’t turn back or turn aside, and you can receive a full reward. When you do, you will instantly discover that it was worth it.
You will also discover that God will help you every step of the way. It will be a challenge, but you can earn a full reward. You will need to start that journey toward a full reward by making a commitment to serve Christ from now on, and start immediately following the Word of God.
Matthew 24:44 “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.”
Even though Christ lived on earth about 2,000 years ago, He told His disciples to be ready for His return. It appears that it was going to be after a long period of time, and that His disciples would be tempted to relax their guard.
This is exactly what has happened and the very things that Christ did not want to happen. Christians today are all too often living comfortably in the world. If Christ were to come back today, there is little doubt that they would be disappointed because they would miss the things they had accumulated. They have not been looking for Him at all.
Being ready for His return means several things. Preparation needs to be made because Christ gave a Commission to the Church that they were to carry out in His absence.
Believers are to be light in the world, and salt. We also are to live holy lives. Love is to be our motive and our uniqueness. We also are not to lay up treasures here, but make sure our true treasure is in Heaven, and in the eternal city we seek.
Our verse also says that Christ’s return will not be when expected. It will be a surprise. This is why we need to seek to be ready today.
Paul the Apostle knew that he was ready to meet the Lord. After he was saved, he did his best to constantly serve God. Certainly, though challenging, his life is a powerful example of someone who was fully committed to serving God. Because he had this mindset, he knew that his full reward was waiting for him.
Are you ready for His appearing today – if He should come? If not, what spiritual things can you take care of today to be ready?