I am saved, forgiven, adopted into God’s family, headed for heaven forever. Once I get there I get a new Body that will be like the body of Jesus, it won’t get sick, tired, old, achy, ugly, or senile. My salvation was a free gift from God, received by faith. I didn’t have to work for it, earn it, be good for it, just believe, which I did and do. But now that I am in the family of God I work hard to be good, to serve others, to grow in maturity and wisdom.
2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
This verse is a daily meditation verse for me. It keeps me motivated to keep serving the Lord with all of my strength, to be a really good steward of my time, and to prioritize my life around those activities that are the most important to accomplishing things that have eternal significance.
I don’t know what the Judgment Seat will be like, I don’t know what it will look like, I don’t know for sure how I will do standing before Jesus giving an account of what I accomplished for Him. I don’t know for sure what the rewards are.
But I do know I want as many as I can get. I know they will make a significant difference in heaven for me. I do know that Paul was motivated by the prospect of earning rewards and possibly even losing some.
1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.