KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 19:29 (KJV). “And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.”
People would always want to know the rewards for the efforts or sacrifices they make in particular Peter also asked the master what would their reward be, since they had left everything to follow him. The Lord stated both heavenly rewards as well as earthly benefits.
The heavenly rewards according to the Lord was a special case for only the disciples. They would sit on the twelve thrones of glory judging the twelve tribes of Israel. There are heavenly crowns for all other believers depending on how faithful you served the Lord.
A crown of rejoicing (1 Thess 2:19)
A crown of righteousness for all those who love His appearing (2 Tim 4:8)
A crown of life for all those who loved the Lord and all who endured various persecutions of Christians. (James 1:12)
These crowns are symbols of honour and authority giving one the right to rule certain people in the heavenly kingdom. There would be some with no crowns. “If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”— 1 Corinthians 3:15 (KJV)
With the heavenly blessings in view there would be earthly blessings depending on your love and sacrifice for the Lord as well as the will of God for certain individuals. In Mark 10:29-30, the Lord said, there is no one who has left mother, father, siblings, lands and others for the gospel’s sake who shall not receive a hundred-fold now in this life, houses and brethren, and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecution. and in the world to come eternal life. God is a faithful employer and does not leave his servants unrewarded, both here in this life and the world to come.
THOUGHT: SERVE GOD IN ALL SINCERITY
1Corinthians 15:58 (KJV). “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”
Hebrews 6:10 (KJV). “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.”