Verses that Tell Us About our Reward.

I have found that when you try to tell Christians about their reward, they go shy, and mumble something about not wanting a reward.  Just getting to "heaven" is enough for them.

This, of course, shows that many of today's Christians do not understand the plan of God - and that is understandable when we realize that they do not keep God's Holy Days which spell out the plan of God.

The reward God has for us is not gold or material possessions, but positions of service in the Kingdom of God.  I believe this was what Jesus was referring to in,

Joh 14:2 NET. " There are many dwelling places in my Father's house. Otherwise, I would have told you, because I am going away to make ready a place for you."

We can not do a thing to influence God about giving us eternal life, but we certainly can do much to influence God and Christ about what position of service we can have in the Kingdom.  In Hebrews we are told that believing in our reward is on the same level as believing that God exists.  It does not get much more important than that.

Heb 11:6 NET. "Now without faith it is impossible to please him, for the one who approaches God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him."

While we should be trying to not do things that will cause us to sin, we should also
 be trying to do positive things that will enhance our reward.

Following is a list of some of the verses that talk about our reward, and what others have done about their's.

01.15:01Gen 15:1 NET.  After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: "Fear not, Abram! I am your shield and the one who will reward you in great abundance."
09.26:231Sa 26:23 NET.  The LORD rewards each man for his integrity and loyalty. Even though today the LORD delivered you into my hand, I was not willing to extend my hand against the LORD's chosen one.
19.005:012Psa 5:12 NET.  Certainly you reward the godly, LORD.
    Like a shield you protect them in your good favor.
19.024:003Psa 24:3-5 NET.  Who is allowed to ascend the mountain of the LORD?      Who may go up to his holy dwelling place? 
(4)  The one whose deeds are blameless
    and whose motives are pure,
    who does not lie,
    or make promises with no intention of keeping them. 
(5)  Such godly people are rewarded by the LORD,
    and vindicated by the God who delivers them.
19.061:005Psa 61:5 NET.  For you, O God, hear my vows;
    you grant me the reward that belongs to your loyal followers.
20.10:16Pro 10:16-17 NET.  The reward which the righteous receive is life;
    the recompense which the wicked receive is judgment. 
(17)  The one who heeds instruction is on the way to life,
    but the one who rejects rebuke goes astray.
20.11:18Pro 11:18 NET.  The wicked person earns deceitful wages,
    but the one who sows righteousness reaps a genuine reward.
20.13:13Pro 13:13 NET.  The one who despises instruction will pay the penalty,
    but whoever esteems instruction will be rewarded.
20.14:14Pro 14:14 NET.  The backslider will be paid back from his own ways,
    but a good person will be rewarded for his.
20.22:04Pro 22:4 NET.  The reward for humility and fearing the LORD
    is riches and honor and life.
23.40:10Isa 40:10 NET.  Look, the sovereign LORD comes as a victorious warrior;  his military power establishes his rule.
    Look, his reward is with him;
    his prize goes before him.
23.49:04Isa 49:4 NET.  But I thought, "I have worked in vain;
    I have expended my energy for absolutely nothing."
    But the LORD will vindicate me;
    my God will reward me.
23.62:11Isa 62:11 NET.  Look, the LORD announces to the entire earth:
    "Say to Daughter Zion,
    'Look, your deliverer comes!
    Look, his reward is with him
    and his reward goes before him!' "
24.32:19Jer 32:19 NET.  You plan great things and you do mighty deeds. You see everything people do. You reward each of them for the way they live and for the things they do.
33.02:07Mic 2:7 NET.  Does the family of Jacob say,
    'The LORD's patience can't be exhausted —
    he would never do such things'?
    To be sure, my commands bring a reward
    for those who obey them,
36.01:12Zep 1:12 NET.  At that time I will search through Jerusalem with lamps.
    I will punish the people who are entrenched in their sin,
    those who think to themselves,
    'The LORD neither rewards nor punishes.'
40.05:12Mat 5:12 NET.  Rejoice and be glad because your reward is great in heaven, for they persecuted the prophets before you in the same way.
40.06:01Mat 6:1 NET.  "Be careful not to display your righteousness merely to be seen by people. Otherwise you have no reward with your Father in heaven.
40.06:03Mat 6:3-4 NET.  But when you do your giving, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,  (4)  so that your gift may be in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you.
40.06:06Mat 6:6 NET.  But whenever you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you.
40.06:17Mat 6:17-18 NET.  When you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face,  (18)  so that it will not be obvious to others when you are fasting, but only to your Father who is in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you.
40.10:42Mat 10:42 NET.  And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple, I tell you the truth, he will never lose his reward."
40.16:27Mat 16:27 NET.  For the Son of Man will come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done.
41.09:41Mar 9:41 NET.  For I tell you the truth, whoever gives you a cup of water because you bear Christ's name will never lose his reward.
42.06:22Luk 6:22-23 NET.  "Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you and insult you and reject you as evil on account of the Son of Man!  (23)  Rejoice in that day, and jump for joy, because your reward is great in heaven. For their ancestors did the same things to the prophets.
42.06:35Luk 6:35 NET.  But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to ungrateful and evil people.
45.02:06Rom 2:6-8 NET.  He will reward  each one according to his works :  (7)  eternal life to those who by perseverance in good works seek glory and honor and immortality,  (8)  but wrath and anger to those who live in selfish ambition and do not obey the truth but follow unrighteousness.
46.03:081Co 3:8 NET.  The one who plants and the one who waters work as one, but each will receive his reward according to his work.
46.03:141Co 3:14 NET.  If what someone has built survives, he will receive a reward.
46.09:171Co 9:17 NET.  For if I do this voluntarily, I have a reward. But if I do it unwillingly, I am entrusted with a responsibility.
49.06:08Eph 6:8 NET.  because you know that each person, whether slave or free, if he does something good, this will be rewarded by the Lord.
51.03:24Col 3:24 NET.  because you know that you will receive your inheritance from the Lord as the reward. Serve the Lord Christ.
58.10:35Heb 10:35-36 NET.  So do not throw away your confidence, because it has great reward.  (36)  For you need endurance in order to do God's will and so receive what is promised.
58.11:06Heb 11:6 NET.  Now without faith it is impossible to please him, for the one who approaches God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
58.11:26Heb 11:26 NET.  He regarded abuse suffered for Christ to be greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for his eyes were fixed on the reward.
63.01:082Jn 1:8 NET.  Watch out, so that you do not lose the things we have worked for, but receive a full reward.
66.11:18Rev 11:18 NET.  The nations were enraged,
    but your wrath has come,
    and the time has come for the dead to be judged,
    and the time has come to give to your servants,
    the prophets, their reward,
    as well as to the saints
    and to those who revere your name, both small and great,
    and the time has come to destroy those who destroy the earth."
66.22:12Rev 22:12-13 NET.  (Look! I am coming soon,   and my reward is with me to pay each one according to what he has done! 
(13)  I am the Alpha and the Omega,
    the first and the last,
    the beginning and the end!)

Bob Orchard Feb 2009

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