“Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ. But if you do what is wrong, you will be paid back for the wrong you have done. For God has no favorites.”
Colossians 3:24-25 NLT
We must remember that God is watching our service to Him. An eternal reward awaits the child of God. We must live to live again. The current life we live is but a prelude to the eternal life that lies beyond this temporary one. 2 Corinthians 4:18 says “So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” NLT If we live to preserve the life we currently have we will miss the opportunity and reward that awaits us in eternity. “If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.” Matthew 16:25 NLT Our service here will be held in account by our Lord Jesus Christ. “For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.” 2 Corinthians 5:10 NLT How do you want to stand before Him? God shows no favoritism to anyone because they are from a certain family, denomination, or race. Each of us are held to the same standard. Only Jesus can save and only our service to Him will last forever. Let me clearly state that we get to heaven by the shed blood of Jesus and our faith in His complete work of salvation. Our service to Him should be from a heart that desires to live a life to honor the One who has saved us. We call Him Christ because of who He was and what He accomplished in redemption. We call Him Lord in submission to His supremacy and sovereignty and our obedience to Him. May we live our lives in such a way as to allow Him to live through us. When it's all been said and done may He look at us and say "Well done, good and faithful servant." Matthew 1:21 KJV.
Rev. Curtis Norris