“He will receive his reward.” 1Co 3:14 NIV
How will God evaluate and reward what you did for Him during your lifetime here on earth? Based on three tests: (1) The relationship test. The life God rewards is not a life of performance apart from relationship with Him. Jesus pointed out that unless you abide in Him and obey His commandments, you will not bear fruit for Him (See Jn 15:5). He commended the church at Ephesus for their good works, then turned around and condemned them because they hadn’t kept their love for Him alive. “I know your works, your labor, your patience…Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love” (Rev 2:2-4 NKJV). (2) The motive test. Jesus said to the Pharisees, “Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward…in heaven” (Mt 6:1 NKJV). Note the words “to be seen.” What should our motive be? To serve God and bring glory to Him! Even simple things like eating and drinking can do that (See 1Co 10:31). On the other hand, your most religious actions are worthless if your motive is to enhance your own ego and reputation. (3) The love test. Christ said, “Love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great” (Lk 6:35 NKJV). When it comes to good works, why is always more important than what. The Bible says, “Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward” (2Jn 8 NKJV). So keep your heart pure and your motives right!