(By K.A. Schneider) As believers, we can look forward to the great white throne judgment with both gratitude and holy confidence, not only because we will go to heaven, but also because we will be rewarded for every action we have taken that was motivated by our love for Yeshua. In Revelation 22:12 Jesus tells His followers, “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with Me to give to each one according to his work.” It is crucial that we realize Jesus is not just coming to judge, but He is also coming to reward.
Keep in mind these are not unlimited “freebies” but are rewards based entirely on what we have done during our time on earth. I hear very few preachers touch this subject today, in part because most do not want to be accused of promoting a works-based faith. It is far more common to hear sermons on grace than on the topic of our heavenly rewards. I wonder, however, if the pendulum has not swung too far to the other extreme. After all, there are dozens of Scriptures speaking of these rewards—yes, including works-based ones—throughout the Bible. CONTINUE