Monday, July 2, 2007

What is the Difference Between Rewards and Inheritance?

Parents typically set up wills to prearrange how monies and property will be distributed to children when the parents die. As children, each become eligible for an inheritance by no other circumstances than being born into a family. The same is true for God's family. When you accept Jesus Christ as your personal LORD and Savior, you become a child of God and receive an inheritance in God's Kingdom.

Children of God
"Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God -- children born not out of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God."
John 1:12-13

This Inheritance Cannot Be Lost
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy, he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade -- kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time."
1 Peter 1:3-5

Faith in Jesus Christ gets us into heaven as God's children. However, there are even more blessings possible. The Holy Bible discloses certain types of behaviors that will allow His children to receive special rewards.

Rewards Can Be Lost
"Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully."
2 John 1:8

Crown (General)
Jesus said, "I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown."
Revelation 3:11


Five crowns are described in God's Holy Bible.

Incorruptible Crown (for those who exercise discipline and control, filled with sacrifices)
"Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever."
1 Corinthians 9:25-27

Crown of Life (for those who are faithful under persecution)
"Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you a crown of life."
Revelation 2:10

Crown of Glory (for pastors, deacons, teachers and others in Christian authority who are faithful)
"Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, serving as overseers -- not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd (Jesus) appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away."
1 Peter 5:2-4

Crown of Righteousness (for those who have a deep love for Jesus)
"Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day -- and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing."
2 Timothy 4:8

Crown of Rejoicing (for those who bring others to Jesus)
"For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you? Indeed, you are our glory and joy."
1 Thessalonians 2:19-20


Many other blessings await those who repent and turn to Jesus as their personal LORD and Savior. While we are saved by faith through God's grace, He wants to further bless His children like only He can. We've seen His awesome creation of our universe down to the meticulous detail of single-cell life. There is nothing beyond the ability of our heavenly Father.

Repent and accept Christ today. Ask God to fill you with His Holy Spirit and work a miracle in you. When you do that, you will become a changed person ready to boldly live for Him. Today is the day. Now is the time. Come as you are. With outstretched arms, Jesus awaits you.

Filled With the Holy Spirit
"After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly."
Acts 4:31

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