God seems to have some great reward in store for certain people. God gives blessings to his people who serve him faithfully and who suffer for him. That means we have to do something to get it. God himself is His people’s greatest reward. The fullness will be theirs at the coming of Jesus Christ.
As a definition a reward is simply a thing given in recognition of one’s service, effort, or achievement.
God promises to reward his people:
1. For faithful service
1 Corinthians 3:12–15 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
Colossians 3:23–24 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall rceive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
2. In and through self-denial
Matthew 19:29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
3. At the coming of Jesus Christ
Matthew 19:27–28 Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? AndJesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
4. God himself is his people’s greatest reward
This sounds unusual, but think about it. Many people are left with nothing, yet with God, they can claim to have everything.
Genesis 15:1 After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.
5. The certainty of future reward is an incentive to holiness
Philippians 3:12–14 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.