We don’t often think of this, but the Scriptures tell us that the Lord rewards people for their good deeds. What a kind, generous, and loving God we serve.
For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works. (Mt 16:27)
. . . who “will render to each one according to his deeds” . . . (Rom 2:6)
. . . knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free. (Eph 6:8)
Just think of it: WHATEVER good that we do for anyone else, the Lord says that we will receive the same from Him. This is the best source of motivation that anyone could hope for! It is the promise of a blessed reward.
When you pay for someone’s gas who’s in front of you; when you help an elderly friend by cleaning their home or taking them grocery shopping; or any of the thousands of other kind and good deeds that you could perform—ALL be rewarded. Don’t worry! God has no problem with keeping track of each and every one of us, and our good deeds.
The Lord knows the number of hairs on our heads (Mt 10:30; Lk 12:7), and He cares about everything that concerns each one of us. He is our protector. (Deut 20:4; Ps 91:7; Heb 13:6)
The Lord doesn’t forget His promises to us. He keeps each and every one. And we can be confident that the Lord will keep this promise of giving us His rewards. Praise God!
. . . knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. (Col 3:24)
People who have not been exposed to church attendance or religious teaching of any kind may not know how to answer our title question. They may not even understand why anyone would like to go to heaven! What is the definition of heaven?
- the dwelling place of the Deity and the blessed dead;
- a spiritual state of everlasting communion with God;
- a place or condition of utmost happiness;
- the abode of God, the angels, and the spirits of the righteous after death; and
- the place or state of existence of the blessed after mortal life.
One thing mentioned more than once in these definitions is that heaven is the dwelling place of God. Since we believers know that God is love (1 Joh 4:8), the concept of living forever with the God who IS LOVE becomes a very appealing goal for us.
A key aspect of our life as human beings is the understanding that God created all humans in His own image. (Gen 1:27) Since we’ve all been created in the very likeness and reflection of God, not only is a relationship with God important to us but love, itself, is important to mankind.
We need to recognize these two facts because every human being needs to make a decision about faith in God, and every human being wants to receive and to give love.
In the next article, we’ll continue with this subject.
I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. (Ps 4:8)
The Lord gives us, His saints and His beloved children, protection. He grants us safety and peace. He MAKES us to dwell in safety. How wonderful! Here are just a handful of verses to support this concept. There are many, many more similar verses. Challenge yourself to find some of them!
He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. (Ps 121:3)
The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them. (Ps 34:7)
For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you . . .’ (Lk 4:10)
Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you. (Deu 31:6 – emphasis added)
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Ps 46:1)
Trust God and simply rest in the truth of His Word. You’re protected. You are safe. The angels of God are camped around you for your protection.
God strengthens you and provides you a safe haven in Him. You’re not alone—God goes with you everywhere! Rejoice!
For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. (Ps 91:11-12 KJV)
Our Father God has set guardians around each and every one of us to protect us and to keep us safe—in all ways. They can carry us, if need be, so that we don’t even stub a toe.
Bless the Lord, you His angels, who excel in strength, who do His word, heeding the voice of His word. (Ps 103:20) Angels are powerful and they fulfill God’s will and Word. They fulfill even the “voice of His Word,” which I believe means that angels fulfill God’s Word when it is spoken by God’s children: us.
Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation? (Heb 1:14) God sends angels to minister for us and to us! That’s pretty awe-inspiring!
Don’t pray to angels, but pray to the Lord and thank Him for the angels with which He surrounds you. Thank Him for protecting you and guarding you. He does so because He loves you! You are the apple of His eye (Zech 2:8); and He has engraved you in the palm of His hand! (Isa 49:16)