Rewards in Heaven: How to Earn Them, Are They Important?

Rewards in Heaven: How to Earn Them, Are They Important?

Paul described the requirements for earning rewards:

First: The foundation for all rewards is salvation in Jesus Christ. No person can earn any reward before they are saved, nor can they earn their salvation by any good work. Salvation is not a reward for the good we have done; it is given by the grace of God, through faith in Jesus’ completed work on the cross.

Second: We can build on the foundation of our salvation to earn rewards, depending on the materials we use.

Third: Lasting building materials are gold, silver, precious stones—materials that when tested by fire will endure. These would include things that we do for Jesus’ glory to bring honor to Him and not for recognition for ourselves by others.

Fourth: Perishable building materials are wood, hay, straw—materials that when tested by fire will perish and not last. These are works that we have outwardly done for Jesus; but inwardly in the heart of the person, they were done for selfish fulfillment, or to be acknowledged or rewarded by the compliments of others.