Devotion for Tuesday August 8, 2017
Topic: A Reward For Our Actions
Text: 2 Corinthians 5:9 – 11
This world is world of opposites; good or bad, man or woman, love or hatred, selfish or selfless, angry or happy, etc. God gave to man the will to makes choices at creation. “Man’s power of choice enables him to think like an angel or a devil, a king or a slave. Whatever he chooses, mind will create,” so Frederick Bailes. The power to make choices given to man will be his greatest undoing if we misused it.
Paul charges us here to walk well in our Christian life so as to please God because we shall account of ourselves before the judgement seat of Christ, where He, whose religion we profess will judge us according to its precepts and the grace bestowed on us. We need a conviction that we will stand at the judgement seat of Christ, and receive rewards according to the deeds done in the body, prudent and lead lives that will make us acceptable to Him and this is only possible with Christ-like life we are living here.
We note these facts from our scriptural reading.
1) The necessity of the judgement – We must, willing or unwilling
2) The universality of the judgement – We must all be judged
3) We will be judged by Christ – Whose image we ought to conform
4) It will be based on our person actions and inactions – The things done in the body
5) The reason for the judgement – To be punished or rewarded according to our actions.
Beloved, how prepared are you for this soon coming judgement to reward or punish us?
Food for Thought: The rewards you will receive depend on the way you have lived now. Therefore make good use of your time, talent and treasure to the glory of God
Memory verse: 2 Corinthians 5: 10
Prayer: Help me O Lord, to be conscious of the coming judgement so I will live well so as to receive a good reward in Jesus name.