Summary: Live your life well to please God. Don't live so natural or as a baby Christian forever. Mature to please God in the things you do
May the peace of the Lord be with you.
Topic: *WOULD YOU QUALIFY FOR A REWARD FROM OUR ABBA FATHER*
1 Corinthians 3:10-15 King James Version (KJV)
10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
Beloved, there are a few questions running through my mind which I would like you to think about whiles you read this sermon.
1. What foundation are you building on?
2. What material are you using to build?
3. Will your building pass the fire test?
4. Will you receive a reward at the end of the day?
Beloved, for a minute, let's consider this:
As a saved Christian, your life is not about going to heaven or hell, living in sin or righteousness because Jesus marked you as a candidate for heaven when you accepted Him as your Lord and Personal Saviour and you became a child of God and a citizen of His Kingdom. Also He took away your sin and put His righteousness on you so you are righteous, "the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus".
So now, your life is about:
1. Whether you will be receiving a reward from the Father or not when it all comes to an end?
2. What reward would it be?
3. Whether the Father will refer to you as a faithful and loyal servant who has completed the race gloriously?
Now the reward you will receive from the Father if you qualify for a reward, tells your position in the Kingdom of God, what you can and cannot do, simply put, it will tell the power and authority you possess in the Kingdom, the privileges you will enjoy among other benefits.
So for example, a state official with diplomatic passport has special courtesies extended to him when travelling. Any other person with a normal passport will not be extended such courtesies.
Also, the executive president of a country can use his executive powers to pass a law that all must obey but a normal citizen cannot pass a law for all to obey in the country.
The president enjoys the services of police dispatch riders so he doesn't go through traffic to be late for a function or to his office but every other normal citizen will have to go through the traffic no matter how late or urgent what He has to attend to is.
Beloved, going to heaven alone is not enough, *think about the reward you will get*. Know that if you live on this earth for even 200 years you will surely die but in heaven you will live for eternity.
It is better to live a life pleasing to God here on earth so you get a great reward in heaven where you will enjoy it for eternity than to live a careless and wasteful life on earth and receive little or no reward from our Father in heaven.
Beloved, *IT'S ALL ABOUT JESUS*and no one else. Jesus lived His life to please the Father and obeyed His will. He received His great and everlasting reward from the Father. He has been given a name above all names that at the mention of the name Jesus, every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that He is Lord. Beloved, If you live to please the Father you will receive so great a reward that you will enjoy forever in heaven.
Prayer: Daddy please help me to live a life that is pleasing to you. A life that you have designed for me to fulfil your purpose here on earth so that in the end you will welcome and reward me to glorify your Holy name. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
_EXHIBIT YOUR FAITH IN CHRIST JESUS AND THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY SHALL SURELY REWARD YOU_