Faith Baptist Church
4258 Botetourt Road
Fincastle, Virginia 24090
(540) 473-2325

Holding On to Our Eternal Rewards

Are we letting our eternal rewards slip through our fingers because we are holding on to sin? Are we clinging to this world’s fleeting goods as if they are all we have? Solomon found out he could have enough of this world and still be faithful to God; he just had a hard time figuring out how much he needed.

Are we holding on to an unforgiving spirit while letting it destroy our happiness and our testimony? Are we unfaithful in our attendance to the word of God while being faithful to something else?

Are we letting go of our eternal rewards? Are we selling our eternal rewards for a mess of this world’s pottage? Are we like Esau who sold his inheritance to his brother Jacob for a bowl of food? Think about it.

What do we trade our eternal rewards for? Do we trade them for moments of blatant sin; earthly treasure; the praise of men; the satisfaction of holding something over on someone; etc.?

If truth be told we all have things we are going to have to let go of if we expect to win the rewards awaiting us. Paul said in II Tim.4:7-8 that he had fought the good fight and he kept the faith, and he knew he had a crown of righteousness awaiting him. We, just like Paul, have a responsibility to fight the good fight of faith, but we cannot do this if we are distracted by unholy attitudes. We are encouraged in Heb.12:1-2 to lay aside the things that weigh us down and those sins which so easily beset us. We do this by looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. Jesus Christ tells us to follow his word and be obedient. This will test our hearts and our desires and we will have to give in to God. Decreasing in self interest makes more room for God’s interests.

We all are going to have to decrease which means we all are going to have to be faithful to the Word of God. Self will and emotional appeals will not sustain the momentum necessary to run the divine race set before us. Self will does not work, but submission to God does. Decreasing takes time as God has to deprogram us from the world’s brain washing of “you’ve got to have this” or “you deserve to have your way” mentality.

You may ask how can I hold on to eternal rewards that are not yet mine? And the answer is, “They are yours”. Those rewards are indeed there for us and the question is are we going to let them slip away? They are ours to have for all eternity, and they are ours to loose for all eternity. It’s up to us. Are we going to sacrifice those eternal rewards for a few years of doing our own thing here on earth? Gal.3:26 says we are the children of God by faith in Jesus Christ and to follow this up, Rom.8:17 says we are all heirs of God for this is our position due to being in God’s royal family.

This verse also states that we are “joint heirs with Christ, if so be we suffer with him, that we may also be glorified together.” Our position in Christ does not guarantee ownership of the inheritance, only opportunity.

Yes, we are heaven bound once we are born again; so it will matter what I receive for my works for the Lord. It matters to the Lord. I do not intend to be one of those believers who leave this world having neglected the Lord.

Paul says there are qualifications involved in being a joint heir. II Tim.2:12 says we will reign with him if we will suffer for him. Isa.53:12 says Jesus Christ will share the spoils of his eternal victory with the strong. The strong are strong in the Lord not because of their efforts. The strong are those who have won the victory over a lazy, ambivalent soul; a soul divided in allegiance between self will and God’s will. This believer exploits [takes advantage] every opportunity to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. This believer has a testimony as a faithful saint. Some of you are known for having this testimony; some are striving to see if this testimony is worth the effort and some are failing miserably.

Some may think I am too forward when I speak of these things, but in reality I am only trying to prepare us for our time at the Judgment Seat of Christ.

You may get over on your pastor, and the pastor may think he will get over on the Lord, but none of us will get over on the Eyes and the Ears of the Lord, I Pet.3:12, “For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers; but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.”

He is the One for whom we will all give an accounting. I Cor.3:10 tells us to take heed on how we build on the foundation of Jesus Christ. This warning is given in the context of our evaluation at the judgment seat of Christ,

I Cor.3:12-15.We are in this world, but let’s all be careful not to be of this world in our mindset.

The Pastor
October 2007