HE WILL REWARD EACH PERSON
Matthew 16:27 “For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done.”
Jesus Christ will judge all on the earth. His judgment is already taking place throughout the world. Each day in our lives He is judging us, but if we have asked His forgiveness there is therefore now no condemnation. Every day we ask Him to forgive us of our sins, but if we make a mistake or do something later in the day that we shouldn’t do as a believer in Christ His forgiveness will cover all our sins.
In the future Christ’s final judgment will come specifically to unbelievers, those who have not believed and asked Christ to forgive them.
As born-again believers we are secure in Christ. On this final judgment Jesus will consider how we have used the talents and gifts He has given us on this earth. This will decide our heavenly rewards
WHAT CAN MAN GIVE IN EXCHANGE FOR HIS SOUL?
Matthew 16:26 “What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can man give in exchange for his soul?”
There are people who gain riches, success, and everything that money can buy, so he has technically gained the whole world.
In Africa I never met a man who had gained the whole world and had every material need and want fulfilled. The people there have nothing and have no opportunity to ever gain the whole world. The majority live a daily hand to mouth existence of hunger, suffering, and disease.
I always viewed these people as having a greater need to accept Christ. Or maybe it was simply compassion? Wouldn’t it be awful for someone after living a painful and miserable life on earth to die and live another awful wretched life in Hell forever?
And believing in Jesus gave them God’s presence, help, and strength during their daily struggles. And they will reap eternal life after death. That everlasting life without sickness and suffering will be more wonderful than gaining the whole world on earth.
WHOEVER LOSES HIS LIFE FOR ME WILL FIND IT
Matthew 16:25 “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.”
If we try to save our lives from discomfort, pain, or death, we could risk losing our everlasting lives.
When our lives turn inward and become focused on our own problems and heartaches, we lose the purpose for which we were created, reaching out to others whom the Lord created and who might be in need of our love and care.
If we give our lives serving the Lord and each other, we will discover the true meaning of living for Christ.
Lose your life in Him and you will find it.