"Watch out that we do not lose what we have worked for, but that we may be rewarded fully."
2 John 8
Salvation in Christ is not a “paycheck” for good works but is instead the unmerited gift of God’s love. As with any gift, a heartfelt “thank you” is appropriate. As H. A. Ironside points out, thankful service is a reasonable response when we have experienced the mercies of God and received by grace, a gift we don’t deserve.
WALK WITH H. A. IRONSIDE
“All who trust in the Lord Jesus are saved, and this totally apart from human merit. But all who profess to believe in Him are responsible to serve Him and to use whatever gift, ability, or means they have for His glory, and to further His interests in this world.
There are those who profess to be servants who are not even born of the Spirit. But God holds people accountable for what they know and profess. It is incumbent on those who believe His Word to serve wholeheartedly in view of the day when every one of us shall give an account.
In that solemn hour no one will regret having been too much concerned about living for Him. But many will regret the hours spent in selfishness and folly which might have been used for His glory, and talents wasted or hidden away that if properly invested in the light of eternity would have earned Christ’s ‘well done'. He will reward all that is done in accordance with His Word.”
WALK CLOSER TO GOD
Jesus Christ bore the cost of our salvation that we might reap the riches of his grace.
"We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life." Romans 6:4 (NIV)
Because He willingly paid the price of sin, you are now free to serve Him in a new life.
Riches in Christ now. Rewards for faithful service to Christ later.
"For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we will certainly also be united with Him in a resurrection like His." Romans 6:5 (NIV)
What greater motivation could there be to turn our gratitude into good works—for His glory?
Are we accepting this new life in Christ by inviting the Holy Spirit in, and throwing the old self centered will out? Let's show our love and gratitude to Christ by being living sacrifices for Him.