Summary: God promises us rewards in heaven based on how we live for Him now. This is the third sermon on Eternity. John Bevere’s book, Driven by Eternity was used for this sermon.
For Heaven’s Sake!!!
Sermon Series: Driven By Eternity
Sunday September 23rd 2007
Intro: Last week I did my best to describe and excite you about what Heaven is like. How many here are really looking forward to Heaven? Do you want to know how you can make Heaven even more wonderful? God has more in store for you than just entrance into heaven.
He actually WANTS to ADD to blessing for Eternity. He will Reward you for every sacrifice, good work, faithfulness and prayer. Everything you have given up for His Name’s Sake will be multiplied back to you in Heaven.
A major theme in Scripture: God will reward or punish according to a person’s good or evil deeds.
In the final few verses of the Bible, Jesus again reminds us:
Revelation 22:12-13 "Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. 13I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”
BEHOLD: I want you to consider carefully what I am about to tell you, if you grasp this concept, it will revolutionize your life.
Let’s assume we will all live to be 100 years old, we will spend 25 years growing, learning and training for the next 50 years of work. During those 50 years we work, buy and save for retirement. Let’s say that we retire at the age of 75 and spend the last 25 years of life in the blissful retirement years. Right? That means for 50% of our lives worked and prepared for the last 25% of our lives. That’s considered wise investing: Sacrificing now in order to invest so that you can provide for a better life later.
That’s earth math; but what about Heaven math? Is it any different?
Any finite number divided by, or compared to, infinity equals zero.
• 80 years / infinity (eternity) = 0
• 100 years / infinity (eternity) = 0
• Even if you lived to 150 before dying; your life on earth is zero compared to eternity.
Your life span on earth isn’t even a blip on the screen eternity.
I. Your NOW determines your FOREVER
a. Your Salvation depends on your reaction to Jesus Christ.
You have heard this hundreds of times.
Ephesians 2:8-10 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast. 10For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
b. Your Rewards in Heaven depend on your works on Earth.
Milburn Cockrell, “Salvation depends upon Christ’s work for us, while rewards depend upon our works for Christ.”
c. God will separate all of humanity into two (and only two) distinct groups: Those who have accepted Jesus Christ and those who haven’t.
d. Everyone in those two groups will stand before God to be judged.
1 Corinthians 5:10 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.”
i. Those who rejected Christ will be judged to determine the severity of their punishment (We’ll cover this subject in detail next week)