Mark 8:36 states, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” The victors of this battle gain more than the world could begin to offer….we gain eternal salvation.
While the best rewards come after we have left this world, there are a few rewards that will benefit us here on earth. Romans 5:1 states, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:” The Peace of God is a wonderful thing to have. We all know that this world is full of trials and tribulations, but when God gives us peace, these trials and tribulations are easier to work through and move beyond.
We also have the relationship that we build with Jesus by following his Word. This relationship allows us to receive and use spiritual gifts which benefit both ourselves and others. 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 tells us,
“7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another [divers] kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.”
Jesus tells us of the rewards waiting for us after we pass from this life in Revelation 3:5-8
“5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
6 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;
8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.”
We are also told in Revelation 21:4 “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”
No tears, no death, no pain, no sorrow, and eternal life with Jesus? Those sound like wonderful rewards to me!