Recently the daughter of our close friends, Esther, had died of cancer as a young adult. Before she died she had been sent by Jesus to tell her family and friends a Word from Jesus, that what is so much more important to Him is not our great attainments for Him, but to have truly obeyed Him by really loving and forgiving those people who had wronged us and hurt us.
But as it is written, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9
You will show me the Path of Life; in Your presence is fullness of Joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11
Matthew 7:13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 7:14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to Life, and there are few who find it.”
Isaiah 40:10 Behold, the Lord GOD shall come with a strong hand, and His Arm shall rule for Him. Behold, His Reward is with Him, and His work before Him.
Isaiah 62:11 Indeed the LORD has proclaimed to the end of the world, “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Surely your Salvation (Yeshua) is coming; Behold, His Reward is with Him, and His work before Him.’ ”
Revelation 2:23 “And I will give to each of you according to your works.”
Matthew 16:27 “For the Son of Man will come in the Glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will Reward each according to his works.”
Revelation 11:18 “And that You should Reward Your servants the prophets and the saints, and those who fear Your name, small and great …”
Revelation 22:12 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My Reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.”
(1) God’s Reward for Servanthood
Matthew 20:25 But Yeshua called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. 20:26 Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. 20:27 And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave, 20:28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Luke 22:25 And He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’ 22:26 But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves. 22:27 For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves!
Matthew 23:8 But you, do not be called ‘Rabbi’; for One is your Teacher, the Messiah, and you are all brethren. 23:9 Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in Heaven. 23:10 And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Messiah. 23:11 But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant.
Matthew 25:21 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’
(2) God’s Reward for Discipleship: Walk of the Cross
John 8:31 Then Yeshua said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My Word, you are My disciples indeed. 8:32 And you shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free.”
Matthew 16:24 Then Yeshua said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.”
Luke 9:23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”
Luke 14:26 “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife, and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. 14:27 And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. 14:33 So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.”
(3) God’s Reward for being a Friend of God
John 3:29 “He who has the Bride is the Bridegroom; but the friend of the Bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the Bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled. 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.”
Matthew 9:15 And Yeshua said to them, “Can the friends of the Bridegroom mourn as long as the Bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the Bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.”
John 15:12 “This is My Commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. 15:14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 15:15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. 15:17 These things I command you, that you love one another!”
2 Chronicles 20:7 “Are You not our God, who drove out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel, and gave it to the descendants of Abraham, Your friend forever?”
Isaiah 41:8 “But you, Israel, are My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the descendants of Abraham My friend.”
James 2:23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God.
Exodus 33:11 So the LORD spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. (also see Deuteronomy 34:10)
(4) God’s Reward for being an Overcomer
Revelation 2:7 “To him who overcomes I will give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.”
Revelation 2:11 “He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.”
Revelation 2:17 “To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.”
Revelation 2:26 “And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations …”
Revelation 3:5 “He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father & before His angels.”
Revelation 3:12 “He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the Temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of Heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.”
Revelation 3:21 “To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My Throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His Throne.”
(5) God’s Reward of Sonship with ‘Abba’ Father
Revelation 21:7 “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.”
Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
Ephesians 1:5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus the Messiah to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 1:6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted (loved) in (by) the Beloved.
Hebrews 2:10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to Glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
Hosea 1:10 “Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured or numbered. And it shall come to pass In the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not My people,’ there it shall be said to them, ‘You are sons of the Living God.’ ”
(6) God’s Greatest Reward to the Bride of Yeshua
John 3:29 “He who has the Bride is the Bridegroom;”
Hosea 2:19 “I will betroth you to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me in Righteousness and Justice, in Lovingkindness and Mercy; 2:20 I will betroth you to Me in Faithfulness, and you shall know the LORD.”
Matthew 25:1 “Then the Kingdom of Heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the Bridegroom. 25:2 Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 25:3 Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, 25:4 but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 25:10 And while they went to buy, the Bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.”
Revelation 10:5 The Messenger whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised up His hand to Heaven 10:6 and swore by Him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and the things that are in it, the earth and the things that are in it, and the sea and the things that are in it, that there should be delay no longer, 10:7 but in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, the Mystery of God would be finished, (Yeshua’s Marriage in Heaven) as He declared to His servants the prophets.
Revelation 19:6 And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent Reigns! 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him Glory, for the Marriage of the Lamb has come, & His wife has made herself ready.” 19:8 And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.