Thursday, April 02, 2009

Justice and Rewards

Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
James 1:12

Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
2 Timothy 4:8

There are two aspects of justice which must both be present so that true justice is served. The first one we understand quite well, and have no problems accepting. We all understand and appreciate receiving rewards for the good things we do. But in true justice, there is also vindictive or punitive justice when punishment is meted out to wrongdoers. Today we will focus on justice and rewards.

In the verses shown above, Christians are encouraged to note that no matter what their life on this earth is like, faithful servants will be rewarded at the end of their life here on earth. As a matter of fact, it is not the end of their life at all, but rather the ushering in of a new life with the Lord forever.

Imagine what it would be like if what you see around you is the best you will ever get. Is it no wonder we see the desperate lives people live in order to better their circumstances? What would the lottery be if people understood that money really cannot buy them happiness. Who would play?

What about career choices? How does one determine the best road to follow? Are they looking for the jobs that make the most money, or have the most power, or are they looking into areas in which they have the best aptitude and the most interest?

Christians should be focused on the purpose God has for them in this life. It may not be glamorous; as a matter of fact, the twists and turns in their roads of life may often be quite tragic. Does that bring them despair and hopelessness as it does to those of the world?

Yes, we are not stones; we are affected by the difficult things in life we experience. But, in the end, we must all come to the realization that this world is not our home. The best is yet to come. Our God, who is a true God of justice, will reward us in the life to come. With that in mind, we can live this life without despair.

As we think of the relationship between justice and rewards, let us remember to thank God for the gift of eternal life He has granted to us, because, even in our service to God, God alone is to receive the glory.

God Bless You,

All Scripture is from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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