ML-6 - Reward for Service

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MOTIVATIONAL LESSONS

Jesus said, “Come unto me all ye who labor and are heavy laden and I'll
give you rest, take my yoke upon you and learn of me for I am meek and
lowly of heart and you'll find rest for your souls,” Matthew 11:28-30.
We welcome you to our study of reward for service. What reward
does the Christian receive for his service to Almighty God?
Follow along as we let the Bible give us the answer to this great
subject. Being a Christian requires diligent work, service, and effort on my
part and yours. Jesus said in John 9:4, “I must work the works of Him who
sent us while it is day for night comes when no man works.”
Being a Christian is a life of work and a life of service. I've got to
strive every day to walk worthy of the Lord, Colossians 1:10. I've got to
make sure that my labor of love and my service for the Lord is really what
God wants it to be, 1 Thessalonians 1:3. We must strive to make sure that
we're working diligently in the kingdom of God. Listen to the words of
James 1:25 as James speaks about our work and our service in the cause
of God. The Scripture records, “But he who looks into the perfect law of
liberty and continues in it and is not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the
work this one will be blessed in what he does.” Our work indeed is essential
in the kingdom of God. The service that we provide to the Lord and His
church is of such great importance.

I want us to realize today that work, that effort, that labor, and that toil
has a great blessing to be received. There is a reward for our service to
Almighty God. As we emphasize, Jesus said, “Come unto me all you who
labor and are heavy laden I will give you rest this,” is the promise. God
promises His children eternal life, 1 John 2:25. And you know as I think
about this rest, this reward that we're going to receive, the Hebrew writer
said in Hebrews 4:9, “There remains therefore a rest for the people of
God.” He's able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through
Him, Hebrews 7:25. And our Lord spoke of that beautiful reward and rest
and elaborated in such beautiful terms when He said, “I go to prepare a
place for you if I go to prepare a place for you I will come again and receive
you to myself that where I that you may be also.” That beautiful place called
heaven where there are multitudes of dwellings for the people of God.
There is more than a room for all of God's people that's a place we want to
go. It's a place we long for too and a long for look forward to as Christians.
As we think about reward for service, along the same lines each Christian
must realize there is not going to be a reward without some kind of service
and where there is faithful service, you can have an assurance of a grand
reward.
If I'm not willing to work in the kingdom of God and I'm not faithful to
the Lord that reward cannot be found. If the Lord finds me working on that
day and faithful, what a wonderful day that'll be. 2 Corinthians 5:10 clearly
teaches us that our works will be presented to the Lord on that judgment
day. And the beautiful words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:58 remind us each
of the need to be busy, “Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the
work of the Lord knowing that your labor is not in vain.”
Do you remember John's encouragement to suffering Christians?
The Bible says, “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord. ‘Yes’ says the
spirit ‘that they may rest from their labors and their works do follow them.’”
Let's think today about that reward for our service and how it all relates so
beautifully together.
Let's begin by asking: What service, when we say service, what
service must be offered unto the Lord? What work or what service is a part
of the Christian life? And friend naturally our service to God is that we must
be willing to sacrifice self and give of our time and our effort and our ability

to the kingdom of Christ. Paul said in Romans 12:2 that we're to be
‘transformed by the renewing of our mind that we may prove what is that
good and acceptable and perfect will of God.’ That transformation that
living our life acceptably to God is all a part of what Christianity is about.
Think about 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, “Our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit
whom we have from God, We're not our own therefore,” listen now, “We're
to glorify God in our body and our spirit which are His.” My body and my
spirit, they belong to God anyway. I need to do my best to serve Him
acceptably. Notice these words of Jesus in Luke 9:23. Jesus said, “If any
man desires to come after me let him deny himself, take up his cross daily,
and follow me.” What does it really mean to be a Christian? Daily denial of
self and a willingness to take up that cross and follow Christ every day. “Be
faithful unto death,” Jesus would say in Revelation 2:10. And friend this is
not done out of forced nature, this is not done because God is forcing us to
we do this willingly, because we love God and what He's done for our
salvation. The writer Paul said in 2 Corinthians 5:14-15, “The love of Christ
compels us.” Why? Because we judge thus, “if one died for all, all died and
He died for all that they who live no longer live for themselves but live for
Him who died for them and rose again.”
In my service to God, I want to do my best every day. The Christian
wants to do his best every day to give God first place in his life. As we think
about our service to God, another service we must offer is that we must as
Christians diligently give ourselves to the study of God's word. Job said in
Job 23:12, “I treasure the words of His mouth more than my necessary
food.” More than those three square meals a day that we often think of, the
word of God is more important than that. Jesus said in Matthew 4:4, “Man
shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the
mouth of God.” In Matthew 5 in the Beatitudes we hear that beautiful
statement, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness.”
In serving God and really giving myself to Him, friend I need to be a
good student of the word of God. I need to read my Bible. I need to study it,
and I need to do my best every day to live according to its teaching. This is
why Paul would say to the young evangelist Timothy and to Christians
today, “Study to show yourself approved unto God a workman who does
not need to be ashamed rightly dividing the word of truth.” I want to search
the Scriptures, Acts 17:11, daily. I want to study to give an answer, 1 Peter
3:15. And I want to do my best to really let God's word have the answer to

the most important questions of life. In Jeremiah 37:17 an evil king asked,
“Is there any word from the Lord?” And friend, that ought to be the question
of every person who striving to serve God. And to answer that let's look to
God's word for the Bible is God's voice today. God has spoken. 2 Timothy
3:16, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for
doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness that the
man of God may be complete thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
But as we think about our service to God, let's also realize that to
serve God as He wants me to, we must faithfully follow the teachings of
Christ in the New Testament. You see, I'm not living under the Old
Testament. Now don't get me wrong, “The things that were written
aforetime,” Paul would say, “were written for our learning that we through
patience and comfort of the Scriptures might find hope,” Romans 15:4. The
Old Testament is inspired of God; it was written to the Jewish nation to the
Israelites. There are great lessons about life and about God and His nature
that I can learn there. But I'm not going to be judged nor my living under the
old covenant. Jesus crucified the old covenant. He put the old covenant to
death on the cross, Colossians 2:14 and Ephesians 2:14 says. In fact
Christ said in John 12:48, “He who rejects Me and does not receive My
words he has that which judges him the word that I've spoken will judge
him in the last day.”
To really serve God and to really have that reward for service, I've got
to faithfully follow the teaching of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I want
you to notice this verse with me. I want you to notice Matthew 7 as Jesus
speaks about putting Him first and His teaching first. He makes this great
statement about the need to faithfully follow His words. Matthew 7:21 Jesus
says this, “Not everyone, “Jesus says, “Who says to Me ‘Lord, Lord’ shall
enter the kingdom of heaven but he who does the will of my Father in
heaven.” It's not enough just up look up to heaven and say ‘Lord, Lord’ and
then do what you want. You've got to follow the teaching. I've got to follow
the teaching of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. James 1:22-25 says, “We
cannot be forgetful hearers but we've got to be doers of the word and the
work of Almighty God.”
Let's faithfully do our best to faithfully follow the teachings of Christ as
we serve Him. Part of the wonderful service we offer to God is we have to
strive to be soul winners, soul winners for Jesus. You know we often sing

about that. We think about evangelism and reaching someone with the
gospel, but that's part of this great service. The Bible says in Luke 19:10
that of Christ the Son of Man have come ‘to seek and to save that which is
lost.’ No one emphasized the need to save the lost more than Jesus did.
Jesus gave us that great parable, Luke 15, where there's a shepherd who
has 100 sheep in his fold and there's 99 sheep who are home safely and
one has wandered away, and the shepherd goes after that one sheep,
facing danger, facing the elements, no matter what it takes to bring that one
sheep back into the fold. Friend we think about that, we think about how
diligently Jesus worked to save the lost, even going to the cross to die for
mankind. What about our service? Part of our service is we want to tell
others about that great message.
Do you remember Proverbs 11:30? “He who wins souls is wise,”
that's true. Soul winning, in the biblical aspect, we're to go into all the world
and preach the gospel unto every creature. Through my life, through my
example, by the way Christians live; we want to let them see the light of
Christ shining in us. “Let your light so shine before men that they may see
your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven,” Matthew 5:16.
As Paul said in Colossians 1:28, “Him we preach warning every man
teaching every man that we may present every man perfect in Christ
Jesus.” Are we really offering the kind of service that God wants us to offer
to Him?
As it relates to our country, I think we understand in the United States
of America, especially in generations before us maybe, that service was
necessary to live in a great land like this. In fact, the motto that was often
proclaimed was, ‘Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you
can do for your country.’ Isn't that a wonderful idea to think about the
church? You know, too many times we sit around thinking what can the
church do for me or what good is that church over there. What have they
done for me lately? That’s the wrong question! We ought to be asking:
What am I doing for the Lord? What am I doing for His church? How am I
faithfully serving the cause of Christ? And friend, if we are doing that, let's
notice the reward that will be given to God's people. There are several
avenues by which we can see the wonderful reward that Christians will
receive, but let me illustrate this as well. As part of our reward, let's realize
there is a physical benefit. There is an earthly benefit to serving and
following Jesus right now. I'm not saying you're going to be rich. We're not

talking about a health and wealth gospel, where you're going to be healthy
and wealthy and everything like that's going to go just perfectly. That’s not
the idea we're talking about! Jesus did say, ‘I came that you may have life
and have it more abundantly.’
Right now I am living, and you’re if you're a child of God, part of the
reward we receive is we're living the best life you could ever live. I've been
given all things through the Scriptures. Through the sacrifice of Jesus, we
have everything we need for life and godliness. 1 Thessalonians 5:22, “We
prove all things, we hold fast that which is good and we shun that which is
evil.” Think about all the things that by following Christ I have. All the ills
that I've voided, all the sin that I've avoided, all the hurt and the
ungodliness I've avoided. Living the Christian life is the best life right now.
Jesus said, “I'm the way, the truth, and the life.” Living for Christ right now
is the best way you could ever live. So that might be a small part of the
reward in the here and now, but the grander idea one of the rewards we
receive is the joy and the peace that we know we have as a child of God.
Philippians 4:4 Paul would say, “Rejoice in the Lord always and again
I say rejoice.” We don't want you to take this the wrong way, but please
understand, if a person is a child of God, part of the reward of being a
Christian is the joy and the peace and the happiness that one has in Christ.
Luke 2:15 when Jesus came into the world the Angels proclaimed, ‘Peace
on earth and goodwill toward men.’ Jesus gives us the ability to rejoice and
be happy in the situations we face. “Is anyone happy?” writer James would
say, “Let him sing psalms.” James 5:13 as Paul and Silas are in prison in
Philippi, in a deep, dark, dank prison where you think they might throw in
the towel and give up the Bible says, no they were praying; they were
singing hymns to God. The prisoners were listening to them. The Bible
teaches us, “Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us
looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy set
before Him endured the cross despising the shame and has sat down at
the right hand of God.”
You know, even in the first century in the midst of suffering, trials, and
persecution the Bible says after they were beaten, Acts 5:41-42, they
counted it a joy to suffer for the name of Jesus. Daily in the temple and
from house to house, they ceased not preaching and teaching Jesus as the
Christ. This is why James said, “We can rejoice in our trials knowing that

the trials we face have a far greater working ahead of them.” I have that
hope of heaven. I have the best life right now, and I have joy and peace
beyond measure.
But friend let's realize this as well, part of our reward for service
means that even in death, I can have victory and triumph. Death is not
going to win over the child of God. The Bible says in Revelation 14:13,
“Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord. ‘Yes,’ says the spirit, ‘that they
may rest from their labors their works do follow them.’”
What life can take death and look at it as a blessing and a good
thing? Only the life that offers reward for service, the Christian life. This is
why the writer would say in Psalm 116:15, “Precious in the sight of the Lord
is the death of His Saints.” How does heaven view when one of God's
children leaves this life? Precious! John 5:28-29 Jesus so beautifully
proclaimed, “All who are in the graves will one day come forth. Those who
have done good, that's reward for service. Those who've done good to the
resurrection of life.” “One day we will meet Him in the air,” 1 Thessalonians
4:13. One day we can hear those words, “Well done good and faithful
servant.”
As we think about really the epitome of that joy that we have for
serving God that reward for service let's realize that is seen so graphically
in the images that we find in Scripture of heaven. Do you believe in
heaven? Do you believe there is a place called heaven? Jesus said, “The
righteous will go away into eternal life.” Are you looking forward to eternal
life? That place Jesus described in Revelation 21:3-4, “No more sorrow, no
more death, and no more pain, all the former things have passed away.”
Sin, darkness, Satan, ungodliness doesn’t exist in that beautiful place
called heaven. God's there! “Our Father who art in heaven,” Matthew 6:9,
Jesus is there. “I go to prepare a place for you,” John 14:1. “Saints of old
are around the throne of God worshiping God there,” Revelation 4 and 5.
Friend, that's where Christians long and desire to go to that beautiful place
called heaven. We sing that beautiful song, “How Beautiful Heaven Must
Be.” Aren't you looking forward to living in that place called heaven?
If so then friend, we want to emphasize this final principle. How do I
make sure and how do you make sure that we don't lose our reward for
service?

Let's first realize I can, if I'm not careful, I can lose that reward. I want
you to notice a passage in Galatians 5:4 as Paul speaks to certain
Christians who are starting again to trust in the old law. The apostle Paul
says in Galatians 5:4 these words, “You have become estranged from
Christ. You who attempt to be justified by law. You have fallen from grace.”
Part of making sure that I don't lose my reward means, I recognize it's
possible to lose it. Some who were Christians had been cut off from Christ.
They fell from grace. This is why Paul would say, “Take heed stand lest you
fall,” 1 Corinthians 10:12. I've got to fight the fight every day. I've got to
make sure that I don't let Satan into my life. I've got to make sure that I
don't let sin overtake me; because I realize I can lose my salvation, lose my
reward, if I'm not careful.
Secondly, don't get the retirement mentality. You know, you work a
job for a certain amount of time and you say, ‘Well we might want to let the
young people come in and do this. We been working in this long enough;
it's time to let somebody else take over and do this.’ I realize that as one
ages, he may not be able to do as much as he can. But listen carefully, in
the Lord's church there is no retirement system. You don't reach 65, 70, 75,
or 80 and say, ‘I've done enough. I'm going to let somebody else do it for a
while. I think I'll sit back and take it easy now.’ It's not the way it works!
We remain faithful. How long? “Until death,” Revelation 2:10. That's
what Jesus emphasized. This is why we've got to keep working, keep
fighting, keep doing what we can for the Lord. Again when age comes, you
can do as much, that doesn't mean you can't do something for the cause of
Christ. As I strive to stay faithful to the Lord part of what keeps us
motivated is we've got to remember, what we're doing for God is not vain.
“Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord. ‘Yes,’ says the spirit, ‘that they
may rest from their labors and their works do follow them.’”
The service we provide to God and to the church, it's not vain. In fact,
it's the most wonderful thing you could ever imagine. We have that hope of
eternal joy. Job asked a question in Job 14:14, “If a man dies,” Job said,
“will he live again?” You know the answer is really not given to that in
clarity, until Jesus comes on the scene. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection
and the life, he who believes in Me though he may die,” Jesus said, “he'll
live again.” Man dies; he will live again but only can he live again in Christ.

Eternal life is only offered in the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
We ask you are you giving God the true service He deserves? Are
you making sure in this life, am I making sure in this life that I'm really
working? That I'm staying busy? That I'm putting God first? That I'm giving
God first place in my mind and in my life? If I'm not, I need to make
corrections to that. For Jesus made that wonderful promise that all could
come and find rest in Him, but only in Him.
Are you in Christ? Have you obeyed the gospel of Christ? Galatians
3:27 says, “As many of us as were baptized into Christ have clothed
ourselves with Christ.”
Take hold of that great promise Jesus made! Come to Him to find
rest. And make sure in this life that each one of us is giving God the true
service He deserves every day of our life.
May God help each of us to do just that.

Study Questions for: “Motivational Lesson 6”
1. According to Matthew 11:28-30, what will Jesus give us?

2. What does John 9:4 tell us to do while it is day?

3. What does James 1:25 say about a person who is a doer of the Lord’s
work?

4. According to 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, what is our body?

5. What does Luke 9:23 tell us to do if we desire Jesus?

6. How long should we be faithful according to Revelation 2:10?

7. In Job 23:12, what does he treasure more than food?

8. Matthew 4:4 says that we shall live by what?

9. What question did the king ask in Jeremiah 37:17?

10. According to 2 Timothy 3:16, where does scripture come from?