Webster says that a reward is something given in return for good or for service or merit. In our lives we are motivated by rewards. The most obvious is the paycheck we receive for work. There are three major kinds of employee payment. The first is a salary. This is a fixed payment at regular intervals for work performed. The second is hourly, whereby a person is paid a fixed rate per hour worked. A third is piece work where payment is made strictly on the basis of production.
In I Corinthians 3:8-9 God tells us that –“every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are laborers together with God:” It seems as if God’s rewards are most like piece work. I This labor is not to get us to heaven but is the product of a life transformed by God’s grace as one labors because he is on his way to heaven ( see Ephesians 2:8-10).
It is worth thinking about what rewards may await us at God’s throne. All of us who are part of God’s family are to be involved in the service of our Lord. Remember His Word to us —“And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” Rev. 22:12