Introduction: If someone were to ask you what the primary motivation should be to seek spiritual growth, to increase in the walk of holiness, and to pour oneself into doing good works, one might get a range of different answers:
To glorify God.
- Gratitude for eternal salvation.
- To gain or maintain assurance of salvation. (If I don’t produce works, maybe I’m not saved).
- To avoid the discipline of the Lord.
- Because I get a sense of purpose in doing good things.
- To show others what God is like.
- So my witness of the gospel will be consistent.
And so on…
But what about the Biblical doctrine of eternal rewards?
Among the very last recorded words of our Lord Jesus Christ to the believers reading the book of Revelation are these:
“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward (misthos – pay in proportion to work) is with Me, to give to every one according to his work” (Rev 22:12; italics added).