Will God reward those who faithfully serve him?
By: The John Ankerberg Show
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|How will Christ examine the good and bad deeds of our life? What are the works that God prepared in advance for us to do? Will some Christians be honored more than others?
Copyright: 2000, Number of Programs: 4, Cat. No. LEM
Keywords: Eternal Security, Eternity, Eternal rewards, serve faithfully, Ephesians 2:10,
- Ankerberg: Now, the second kind of behavior the Bible says Christ will reward are those who faithfully serve Him. Remember Billy Graham said he wanted to hear the Lord Jesus say about him, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant”? Well, if you want to hear Jesus say that about you, then you must be a good and faithful servant now. Think about this. We can’t all be successful, but we can all be faithful. The problem is, so many Christians aren’t faithful in anything. Consider church statistics for a moment. In any given church, ten percent of the congregation does about 100 percent of the work; the other ninety percent of the congregation is content to sit and watch them do it. That shouldn’t be. They should be faithfully serving Christ in some capacity.
- Let me ask you, what do you do faithfully for Christ? Can I advise that you pick out at least one thing and do it faithfully? Maybe you could be an usher and shake hands with people as they come through the door. Maybe you could teach a Sunday School Class or sing in the choir. Maybe you could visit folks in the hospital. Every one of us can give regularly to ministries; each one of us can pray on a consistent basis. Some of you who are men could work in your church’s Boys Club. Some of you women could work with girls in the Girls Club. To some boy or girl it could make a world of difference and God could really use you.
- When I was about eight years old, there was a neighbor of ours who used to work downtown in the city of Chicago. After work on Monday he would drive home through rush hour traffic, which would take him about 45 minutes. Then he would sit down and quickly eat his dinner. After that, his son and I would jump into his old black DeSoto and he would drive another 30 or 40 minutes down to our church where his son and I would race off to participate in Boys Club. As an eight year old kid, I loved that night. We had sports activities, games, food, and, oh, by the way, we also were taught Bible verses. I didn’t particularly want to memorize Bible verses as a kid, but if the prize was good enough, I could memorize a list of verses in a heartbeat. It wasn’t a very spiritual reason for doing it, but it’s amazing how many of those verses I’ve never forgotten.
- The man who brought us to the Boys Club would sit on the side and just watch. He wasn’t even a leader. He just faithfully brought us every week. After the Boys Club was over, we’d get back into the car and he would take us to a little restaurant where they had the best chocolate malted milks I’d ever tasted. We would sit there drinking those malted milks, laughing, and life just didn’t get any better.
- Later on, both his son and I went to seminary and then into the ministry. One night, years later, this man said to me, “You know, I don’t feel like I’ve amounted to much.” And I told him, “You know, you faithfully took us to Boys Club every week. We were young, energetic eight-year-old boys who grew up in the city. It didn’t look like we would amount to much. But because you took us to Club, we learned those Bible verses, God called us into the ministry, and God has used us to help a lot of other people. I believe God is going to reward Christians just like this man who served faithfully behind the scenes.
- Let me tell you another story. One time when we had been invited to speak in Africa, we brought along musicians, speakers, and a layman who was a carpenter. When we got over to Africa, the missionaries were glad to see us, but when they found out we had brought a carpenter along with us, they welcomed him with open arms. You see, there were so many jobs and things they had that needed fixing in their houses that nobody else could fix, he was kept busy from morning to night. I began thinking he was the most important person on the team. To those missionaries with their needs, he was.
- Everyone has been gifted in some way by the Lord to serve Him. The question is, are you faithfully doing it? The Bible says we are “God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do.” [Eph. 2:10] According to this verse, God brings opportunities into every one of our lives to serve Him. They are all different, but they’re all important. If you want to hear Jesus say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant,” you must be faithful in doing something.