You are worthy to receive
glory and honor and power,
because You have created all things,
and because of Your will
they exist and were created.
Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and rewards those who seek Him.
To search out–investigate, crave, worship and seek after the work of God in all life situations.We see how God is honored through all of the mess and difficulties we experience.How are we to live through life and experience God through all of this?God promises the rewards:Proverbs 24:19-20
19 Don’t be agitated by evildoers,
and don’t envy the wicked.
20 For the evil have no future;
the lamp of the wicked will be put out.
7 Though a thousand fall at your side
and ten thousand at your right hand,
the pestilence will not reach you.
8 You will only see it with your eyes
and witness the punishment of the wicked.
See, the Lord God comes with strength,
and His power establishes His rule.
His reward is with Him,
and His gifts accompany Him.
And Jesus responded, “Simon son of Jonah, you are blessed because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father in heaven.
You can be disqualified from receiving a crown (this does not pertain to losing your salvation). How?
I am coming quickly. Hold on to what you have, so that no one takes your crown.
18 Let no one disqualify you, insisting on ascetic practices and the worship of angels, claiming access to a visionary realm and inflated without cause by his unspiritual mind. 19 He doesn’t hold on to the head, from whom the whole body, nourished and held together by its ligaments and tendons, develops with growth from God.
With false humility and, as a result, false worship, you lose your connection with Jesus Christ.
1 “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of people, to be seen by them. Otherwise, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 So whenever you give to the poor, don’t sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be applauded by people. I assure you: They’ve got their reward! 3 But when you give to the poor, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.
In Matthew 6, the rewards are referenced six different times.
23 Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ. 25 For the wrongdoer will be paid back for whatever wrong he has done, and there is no favoritism.
Do you understand the privilege that you have in serving The Lord Jesus Christ? Working for Him is all to be done for His glory and honor. Your rewards come from your positive and praise-worthy behavior, which glorifies Jesus Christ.
We all will appear before Jesus to receive what is due to us, whether it is good or bad (all who acknowledge Christ as Savior have eternal life):
2 Corinthians 5:10
For we must all appear before the tribunal of Christ, so that each may be repaid for what he has done in the body, whether good or worthless.
Romans 7:18, 21-25
For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.
In Revelation 4:10-11, who are the 24 elders? Some speculate it is the raptured church. Others refer to the 12 patriarchs of the Old Testament and the 12 Apostles of the New Testament. Some say that they represent the faithful servants of Jesus.
What they do before the throne:
1. They fall down in a prostrate position. They understand that they are not worthy to be in His presence.
2. They worship Him.
3. They lay their crowns before His throne as they recognize that it was Christ.
4. They make statements including “You are worthy.”
5. They acknowledge He created all things.