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.
I Corinthians 10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
What a joy it is to know that the child of God does not need to fear temptation. God has promised that they will never be too great to bear – with His help.
Before the value of this promise can be realized, the believer must understand what a temptation is. It is an opportunity to sin. A temptation itself is not a sin. Remember that Jesus was tempted, yet He remained without sin.
The verse is not saying that we will not be tempted. Although we have a new nature, God has also permitted our old one to stay with us for now. We have a choice now, though, when we face it: will we serve God or serve the flesh and the Devil?
The above Bible verse promises also that no temptation we are allowed to face as we serve God will ever be too great. This is because God will always make it so that there is an escape route. Prayer always helps us to see them and to want to escape from them.
There may be a price to pay for it, however, but God always sees and knows. Joseph, for instance, resisted Potiphar’s wife, but was cast into prison. God used this time as a further training ground for Joseph, but Joseph did not know what would happen.
The Apostle Paul mentioned that any trouble we face down here is to be looked at as a “light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” ( II Corinthians 4:17). This means it will be well worth it all when we see the glory and rewards that await us for having resisted sin and continuing to serve God here.
Galatians 6:9 “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
We live in a day when mediocrity abounds. Yes, there are those who put forth greater effort than many others in their responsibilities, but they are often looked at as being unique, or even odd. Others tell them to slow down and enjoy life more.
Of course, we all recognize that no Olympian ever won gold, and no entrepreneur ever succeeded in business with that kind of an attitude. They recognize the value of never giving up, and not slowing down. And you can be sure that the Olympian that won the gold is glad that they did not slow down or practice with less than everything they’ve got.
Born-again Christians need to take this same attitude. Paul tells us to not “be weary” in serving God. Keep going. Remember, too, that there is a crown to be won and that God will greatly reward faithfulness in your service toward Him. He sees it all.
The Olympians practice for years to gain gold that is temporary. The rewards that God will give are forever. This is why God tells us that where our treasure is – the things we greatly value – that’s where our heart will be. When we forget about Heaven’s riches, and focus on earth’s short-lived glory or gain, we lose the eternal riches and rewards we could have gained.
If you have slacked off in your service to God, which is easy to do, why not get back in the battle today? He will gladly help you all along the way. Life is short, and there’s only a little time to earn eternal rewards.