Each of the saints will receive reward and honor in the eternal kingdom that is appropriate for the service he has done for the Lord. All the redeemed receive the basic reward of eternal life, but beyond that, the blessing given to the saved in the kingdom of heaven is linked to the nature of their service on earth. The apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians Church, “Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor” (1 Corinthians 3:8).
Degrees of honor
The parable of the “Pounds,” in Luke 19:16-26, gives a reasonable conclusion that there will be degrees of reward in the kingdom of God for services given. In the parable, the nobleman desired to know how the servants had proved themselves as administrators of his property, and based on that knowledge, he assigned them responsibilities as officers in his kingdom, each according to the ability he had demonstrated in his work.
We also find the same truth in the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30. In this parable, the good servants who used the talents that their master had given them exhibited right judgment and followed right principles in the little that was given them. As a result, they increased their talents. And because they were faithful in the little, the master entrusted them with much. In Part, Christ reference of a reward for the faithful ministry of God’s children is gained in this life. But mainly, He refers to the rewards that will be gained in the eternal kingdom of glory.
The honor of co-working with God
As stewards of God’s goods, Christians are expected to use their abilities faithfully for His service. Talents and resources expended in the work of God will result in the saving of people eternally. Christians are simply the hands and feet of the heavenly agencies. As workers uniting with God, they must be ready to work in His way even though that may be altogether conflicting with their philosophies (Colossians 3:23). The child of God knows that his heavenly Father will never ask him to do anything that is not for his best welfare.
A glimpse of the high honor of being co-workers with the Creator of this world, the One by whose power the universe is sustained, makes the honors and greatest rewards of this dark world seem so trivial. If Christians would grasp this vision of their eternal dignified privilege, and work together for the carrying out of God’s purposes, they would experience great joy and fulfilment.
In His service,