Is it worth it to work for Jesus?
40 Days of Increase | Day 25
—by Pastor Don Weeks, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church
Does what you and I do on earth really matter in eternity?
Let’s consider a few things from different angles and see if we can draw any conclusions on the whole matter.
There are two statements from Jesus in the book of Revelation that are stated exactly the same way to each of His seven churches. The first statement is,
“I know thy works.”
Jesus writes this to each of His seven churches. This is significant. It is always the very first thing He says in His letters to the churches. He wants His churches to know that what they do is very important to Him. He knows that every person in every church that ever existed is a believer because that’s the definition of a church. No unbeliever can join the Body of Christ without being born again. That’s impossible.
Jesus knows who is saved and who is not. Jesus knows who is bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh. He is not monitoring His churches to see whether the folks in His church are saved or not, He is measuring and monitoring what His saints (saved ones) are doing. He clearly told the churches of Revelation as much.
When Jesus says, “I know thy works,” He is saying a lot. He is saying, “Church, I know what you are doing, and I know why you are doing it.” He says that to all of us individually as well.
By the way, the second thing Jesus said to His churches in the book of Revelation is this:
“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”
We all have ears. We better be listening for what the Spirit is telling us, don’t you think?
Here are five things that happen in eternity when we work for Jesus on earth.
- Our works are seen and remembered by God. Hebrews 6:10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
- Our works are seen and rewarded. 1 Corinthians 3:11-15 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;  Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.  If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
- Jesus’ idea of work might be more attainable than you think. Mark 9:41 For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.
- Jesus searches our innermost motives when reviewing our works. In this verse I am about to quote, Jesus is talking to a church about allowing a false teacher to teach in their church. This is not a good thing. For this reason a stern warning is given to the church by Jesus Christ Himself. Revelation 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.
- Jesus will give your rewards to you personally. Revelation 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
Not sure when we will get the opportunity to cast our rewards at Jesus’ feet, but it seems the 24 elders in the book of Revelation take every chance they get to cast their crowns. This is a great example for us. Amen?
Revelation 4:9-11 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,  The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,  Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
Your practical task
Today, we’ll take it easy on you. Simply write your memory verse Colossians 3:16, and see if you can recite it from memory. The overall goal will be to recite both Colossians 3:16 and 17 together before the end of the 40 Days of Increase which is in just 15 days!
You might also think of a way you can be like the 24 elders of Revelation, and place your rewards now—at Jesus feet—today. Hasn’t He rewarded you with life, family, and some worldly treasures? Find a way to use these rewards to glorify your Savior today. In this way you will be living in the cycle of blessing where Christ continually blesses you with increase with which to glorify Him even more!
Have an awesome and inspired day working for the Lord.
HE MUST INCREASE
He Must Increase, Antioch’s theme for 2017, taken from John 3:30. The devotions explore this theme and how Jesus must increase in our lives, other’s lives, and in the homes, churches and nations of the entire world.
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