The servant’s reward

The servant’s reward

If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward.   Matthew 24:46 

A day of reward

There are as many ways to look at the return of Jesus as there are opinions about how it will happen.…To the Romans, Paul calls is the “day of God’s wrath” (Romans 2:5).…In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul refers to it as the “day of the Lord” (1 Cor. 5:5). And in his second letter to the same church he calls it the “day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2).…To the Ephesians he calls it a “day of redemption” (Eph. 4:30). And he encourages the church of Philippi to stand strong until the “day of Christ Jesus” (Phil. 1:6). Jude doesn’t even try to describe it—he just calls it the “great Day” (Jude 1:6).

Each of these phrases suggests a unique and different view.…But there’s one I like the best. For followers of Jesus, it will be a day of reward.

James tells us, “God blesses the people who patiently endure testing. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him: (James 1:12).…In his second letter to Timothy [Paul says], “Now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness that the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that great day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his glorious return” (4:8).

But it is Jesus himself who puts it best: “Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven” (Matt. 5:12). As Christians, we have a lot to look forward to!

Adapted from Embracing Eternity by Tim LaHaye, Jerry Jenkins and Frank M. Martin, Tyndale House Publishers (2004), entry for January 5.

Digging Deeper: This week (Tuesday) marked the release of the The Rapture , the last of three prequel stories to the Left Behind series.

Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House

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