DAILY DEVOTION, May 18, 2022
For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done (Matthew 16:27).
When Jesus returns, it is payday. He will reward each person according to what he has done. What we “do” operates at two levels. First, we don’t “do” anything to merit salvation. Jesus was once asked a question. “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent” (John 6:28-29). Our first order of business in the “doing” category is to believe in Jesus. Faith in Jesus brings the saving grace of God into our lives. Salvation is the reward of faith.
Once we believe, then what? The second level of “doing” has to do with our performance as Christians. How faithfully have we served our Master? Those who have done much will be rewarded much. Those who have done little will be rewarded little. One of many verses teaching this truth is Ephesians 6:8. “ the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do…” Jesus once said that even those who give a cup of water to the thirsty would receive a reward (Matthew 10:42). Our duty is twofold. Our first duty is to believe in Jesus and receive salvation. Our second duty is to do as much good as we can. God will reward faithful service.
Father in heaven, I praise your name for the gift of salvation I received when I trusted in Jesus. As a disciple of the Master, please guide me so I do as much good as I can. In His name, Amen.