Do you serve the Lord with grace-energized kindness? Knowing that is vital because that is the only type of serving that God will reward according to His Word.
Someday when our journey on earth ends, and we stand before Christ's Throne—the Scriptures use only one word to describe what God eternally rewards.
Have you thought about what it is that God has decided is worth rewarding in our lives? Paul reduces God's desire to just one word: agathos (Greek), which we will see in our passage this morning means grace-energized kindness or goodness.
Turn with me to II Corinthians 5:10 and think about that moment when we each stand at Christ's Feet. That scene is well known to us from this verse, as Paul captures the eternal moment we have lived our lives on earth to prepare for.
2 Corinthians 5:10 " For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good [Gk. agathos] or bad." NKJV
Everything we ever lived for that wasn't offered to God the way He desired it done will be incinerated. This word is the adjective that quantifies and describes God's desire for our lives.
It isn't just what we do—it is also why we do it that matters so much to the Lord!
Every deed, every word, every motive, every moment lacking this one quality of goodness or kindness will in an instant be reduced to a puff of smoke and then forever be gone.
Remember the fires that examine our works? Paul had already described that event in I Corinthians 3:10-17. There he tells us that--
Good Works Don't Get Burned
The works that remain and get rewarded are "good" Paul says. The bad is burned and gone. The bad are not sin because we will never again face our sins because of Christ's justifying death. All rewards will be based upon that word: "Good". This simple description is a word when used in the Bible of everything but people it means ‘good' and when used of people it means ‘kindness, generosity, benevolence'.
Someday we are going to stand in front of Jesus Christ and watch him open the history files of our lives. Better than any web program God has logged the keystrokes of our lives. Our actual motivations, our genuine intentions, our literal thoughts will all be exposed as the frames around each action. There at last will be exposed the complete picture of God's servants. And everything done for Jesus that was done in grace-energized kindness will last forever.
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