[Jesus said] “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.”
If you knew Jesus was coming back to earth tomorrow, what would you do? If you were aware that tomorrow was judgment day and Jesus was coming back to bring this world to an end, how would you choose to live life today? Some, likely, would live it up and make poor decisions in a last-ditch effort to have some worldly fun. Others, perhaps, would try to clean up their lives a lot to make a good impression for Jesus. Maybe they would rush around doing as many kind things as they could to pile up a few points before Jesus makes his judgment.
Either approach would be terrifying. Either way, we would know that we are not worthy of our Savior, Jesus. He tells us in this verse that on that day, he will bring his reward and give to everyone according to what he has done. No matter how many good deeds we could pile up in a day, we would never be able to make ourselves worthy enough for heaven—there are just too many sins already piled up in our lives.
No, we cannot earn our heavenly reward from Jesus; but it is ours just the same. Through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection we have eternal life. Jesus lived a perfect life in our place. He died to pay for all our sins. He rose from the dead so that death would no longer have control over us. As we trust in our Savior, Jesus and his work on our behalf, Jesus blesses us with the reward of faith. Through faith in Jesus our reward is secure.
So if Jesus does come back tomorrow, the next day, or many days from now, our reward is secure because of him. And when he does come back, we will receive the reward of heaven. It will be the first day of the rest of our eternal lives in heaven. Amen! Come Lord Jesus!
Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for securing my heavenly reward. Help me to trust in you as my Savior from sin, and to look forward to the day of your return. Amen.