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Rewards in Heaven

Once a lady came by my study to ask me about heaven. She wanted to know if there would be degrees of rewards there. I told her that the scriptures teach us that there will be (1 Corinthians 3:11-15).

The Bible teaches that our destiny depends on faith (Ephesians 2:8-9), but our rewards depend on works (Revelation 22:12). It is by the grace of God that we are saved; it is by our faithfulness that we will be rewarded.

The woman did not understand how we could have different rewards and still be supremely happy in heaven. I explained it this way:

Suppose you loved classical music. All of your life you had studied it, enjoyed it, and developed an appreciation for it. Suppose on the other hand that I grew up on country western music and had never developed a taste for the classics.

Then suppose we attended a classical concert. We could sit side by side and hear the same music, but we wouldn’t get the same thing out of it. What we got out of it would depend on the appreciation we brought to it. You would enjoy the concert music more than I, but I wouldn’t realize what I was missing.

Heaven will be the same way. The person who has been walking with God and developing an appreciation for his work will get far more out of heaven than the nominal Christian. There are some people who are going to get into heaven, but they won’t get much out of it. They will enter in, but never enjoy it to its fullest. To get the most out of heaven we must make the most out of serving God on earth.

Now is the time to trust the Savior. Now is the time to develop your appreciation for heavenly things.

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Today's Devotional

The Cement of Civilization

George E. Jones, former deputy editor of U.S. News, once raised the question, “Whatever became of belief in America?” He went on to point out that belief in America is being replaced by pessimism, distrust of leaders, and laxity in standards. The old certainties are passing away and skepticism and cynicism abound everywhere. Then he called belief “the energizer of progress” and the “cement of civilization.” Jones is right. People who believe nothing do nothing. Without belief people won’t take a stand for righteousness. They just don’t care enough. When a lack of belief is widespread enough, a nation can’t even muster up enough people to defend itself against the enemy. Belief is the cement of society. It holds the home, the school, the community, and the nation as well as the individual together. Without belief, convictions, and values they all fall apart.

The falling apart of society we are experiencing is in reality a crisis in belief. Easy divorce, crime, suicide, alcoholism, youth runaways, abortion, drugs, and the like are all expressions of the emptiness of our lives. We don’t believe anything and so nothing matters.

Carl Henry said we are approaching what he calls “the absolute autonomy of man.” Man thinks he does “not need God either to know the truth or to do good ... whether he wishes to walk on the moon, cure cancer, or bring peace on the earth.” That’s a joke. We might be able to walk safely on the moon without God—but we sure can’t walk safely on our own streets. We might eventually be able to cure cancer without God, but we can’t cure crime, depression, rebellion, or alcoholism.

Friends, let’s face it—we are as helpless to deal with our real problems as our forefathers were. That’s why we must get back to the faith of our forefathers. We must get back to the Bible.

Why not get yours out and dust it off today. If you don’t have one, buy one. Begin to read it, study it, and live it. Go to church and take your family with you. Humble yourselves before God. Believe him.

That’s our only hope.

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