Many people wrongly believe that we only have to BELIEVE in Jesus Christ to be saved but that is not the truth. If we believe in Jesus, we must OBEY Him, we must follow Him and DO what He commanded or else we will perish. Jesus will reward every man according to their DEEDS, believers also. He does not discriminate against anyone and He does not advantage anyone because they believe. He has ONE STANDARD by which all men will be judged. Some believers wrongly believe that if they do not SERVE Jesus they will only LOSE REWARDS, that is a LIE! If we do not SERVE and OBEY Him we will perish!
This is what the apostle Paul wrote in Romans 2:6-16 “God, 6who WILL RENDER TO EACH PERSON ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS: 7to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, ETERNAL LIFE; 8but to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, WRATH AND INDIGNATION. 9There will be tribulation and distress for every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek, 10but glory and honor and peace to everyone who does good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 11For THERE IS NO PARTIALITY WITH GOD.
12For all who have sinned without the Law will also perish without the Law, and all who have sinned under the Law will be judged by the Law; 13for it is not the hearers of the Law who are just before God, but the doers of the Law will be justified. 14For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to themselves, 15in that THEY SHOW THE WORK OF THE LAW WRITTEN IN THEIR HEARTS, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them, 16on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus.”
God will judge each and every one of us FAIRLY.
Jesus Christ warned His disciples to ALWAYS BE READ, TO BE WORKING for the kingdom of God.
We read the words of Jesus in Luke 12:35 “Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps lit. 36“Be like men who are waiting for their master when he returns from the wedding feast, so that they may immediately open the door to him when he comes and knocks. 37“Blessed are those slaves whom the master will find on the alert when he comes; truly I say to you, that he will gird himself to serve, and have them recline at the table, and will come up and wait on them. 38“Whether he comes in the second watch, or even in the third, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.
39“But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have allowed his house to be broken into. 40“You too, be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour that you do not expect.”
41Peter said, “Lord, are You addressing this parable to us, or to everyone else as well?” 42And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and sensible steward, whom his master will put in charge of his servants, to give them their rations at the proper time? 43“Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes. 44“Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 45“But if that slave says in his heart, ‘My master will be a long time in coming,’ and begins to beat the slaves, both men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk; 46the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and WILL CUT HIM IN PIECES, AND ASSIGN HIM A PLACE WITH THE UNBELIEVERS. 47“And that slave who knew his master’s will and did not get ready or act in accord with his will, will receive many lashes, 48but the one who did not know it, and committed deeds worthy of a flogging, will receive but few. From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.”
The unfaithful slave WILL BE CUT INTO PIECES AND ASSIGNED A PLACE WITH THE UNBELIEVERS. Do not make the mistake of thinking that you can have a LAST MINUTE REPENTANCE just before you die. We have to be READY, WORKING and SERVING the kingdom of God.
God is not fooled. He will reward every man according to their DEEDS. Go and read the words of Jesus in the gospels, go and read about the talents and what happened to the servant who buried his talent. He was thrown out into utter darkness where there is moaning and gnashing of teeth. God will reward every man according to their DEEDS, believers also. If we refuse to OBEY and SERVE Jesus Christ we will end up in damnation with the unbelievers, with those who refused to OBEY the words of Jesus Christ.
Are we spending our lives working for the kingdom of God or are we selfishly ambitious and running after our own lusts and desires? What reward do we expect when we stand before the judgment throne of God?
May Jesus bless you.