Monday, July 9, 2007

How To Be Driven By Eternity

This past weekend we talked about the fact that we will all stand before God. Those that are Christ-followers will stand before what the Bible calles the Judgement Seat of Christ. We will be rewarded based on what we do for Christ. Thinking about that reality, it helps me put into perspective how I need to live my life. I took alot of my notes this past week from a great book by Bruce Wilkinson called, "A Life God Rewards." If you are interested by this topic, it's an easy read and a great book. Below are the things that God will judge us for and how He will judge us. I'd encourage you to consider each item on this list and allow the Holy Spirit lead you an guide you to make a difference for both now and eternity.

What will you be rewarded for?

1. WORK to make your employer successful.
Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. 6Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. 7Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, 8because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free. 9And masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Do not threaten them, since you know that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no favoritism with him. Ephesians 6:5-9

2. WORSHIP the Lord through prayer, fasting, praise, and worship.

But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Matthew 6:6

3. HELP those in urgent need—the poor, widows, orphans, and prisoners.

Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order that they may provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive lives. Titus 3:14

But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does. James 1:25

I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward. Mark 9:41

4. LOVE and encourage your spouse and family.

4For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer. 8For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 1 Timothy 5:4,8

Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. 20Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. 21Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged. Colossians 3:18-20

5. MAKE DISCIPLES of everyone.

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:19-20

Do you not say, 'Four months more and then the harvest'? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. 36Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. John 4:35-36

6. SHARE your finances and resources with others.

But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Matthew 6:3-4

And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother[a] or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. Matthew 19:29

7. SERVE and follow Christ with your whole heart.

Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25For whoever wants to save his life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. 26What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? 27For 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 he has done. Matthew 16:24-27

Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58


Your work will be tested by fire in these 3 ways (1 Corinthians 3:8-15)

Test #1- Relationship--I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5
Test #2- Integrity or Motive--"Be careful not to do your 'acts of righteousness' before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.” Matthew 6:1
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31
Test #3- Love--If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames,[a] but have not love, I gain nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:3
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. Hebrews 6:10