Rewards In Heaven

Chapter Five — Your Labour is Not in Vain in the Lord

By David J. Stewart

1st Corinthians 15:58, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding
in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”

Every believer who has worked long, toilsome hours for the Lord, often into the wee hours of the morning, knows the feeling of being overwhelmed at times with weariness. It's easy to start wondering if anyone's listening? Is my work just a big waste of time?

Many years ago my pastor said that he sometimes wonders if all his Bible study, and hard work preparing sermons, was really getting through to people. He worked very hard, and it wearied him at times. This is what the word “labour” means in 1st Corinthians 3:7. It means “to toil (as reducing the strength).” Most believers don't know what it means to labour in the Lord.

I think we all feel frustrated at times, as believers, sincerely wondering if our labors are worth it; while the rest of the world is having fun, doing nothing for God. In fact, most believers do nothing for God (Luke 8:14).

The Bible assures us that our labours are never in vain IN THE LORD. God will reward us according to our OWN labour, and we will receive our OWN reward (1st Corinthians 3:7-8). Mark 9:41, “For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.” Amen! Even a cup of water given in a disciple's name guarantees a reward in Heaven. Everything that one does to help a man of God, whether it be your pastor or a foreign missionary who's preaching the Gospel, God will reward that person.

There are so many ways to earn rewards in Heaven—you can go soulwinning yourself, you can help someone else who is a Soul Winner, you can help an organization which is committed to soulwinning, et cetera. Even if you simply drive the Soul Winners to their soulwinning destination, God will reward you for helping them. Just as God will hold men accountable for every idle word spoken on Judgment Day (Matthew 12:36); so shall God reward men every believer for even a cup of water given in Jesus' name (Mark 9:41).

Good and bad, God is recording everything in Heaven (2nd Corinthians 5:10). What happens at grandma's house is recorded in Heaven! No good work will go unrewarded for the believer; nor any evil work unaccounted for (Romans 14:12). You can rest assure that God will reward each and every believer for every keystroke, every footstep, every word, every writing, every work, which is done in Jesus' name.

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