THE PROMISE A CHRISTIAN HAS FOR WORKS PERFORMED
"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." 1 Cor. 3-13. This key verse reveals the principle by which God evaluates our work in that great future day when all believers will be assembled before "the judgment seat of Christ." Romans 14:10. The non believer will be judged elsewhere, this judgment will be for believers only. When the purifying fire tries our works," if any man's works abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's works shall be burned, he shall suffer loss but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire." 1 Cor. 3: 14-15. Note carefully the basis for determining rewards of loss of rewards. It is not the amount of work done nor the number of contacts or students taught, or the amount of money we give. Neither based on the type of work done the criterion of the eternal value of a believer work on earth is " what sort it is". What is the motivation of the work, the sincerity, the dedication, meaning of quality, rather than quantity of results or type of occupation. The question is, What "sort" is it ? Jesus knows that: "He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much." Luke 16:10a ."And so He will give everyman according as his work shall be." Rev. 22:12b. "And whatsoever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not unto men: Knowing that of the Lord you shall receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the lord Christ." Colossians 3:23-24 Whatever our reward is, we will be glad and not ashamed.