“Well done, my good servant! his master replied. “Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.” Luke 19:17

When Jesus returns he rewards his faithful servants with authority. In this parable and a similar one in Matthew (25:14-30), the extent of the authority is directly related to the servant’s actions while on earth. We find this thought of ruling elsewhere. “If we endure, we will also reign with him” (2 Timothy 2:12). “You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on earth” (Revelation 5:10).

We also find in Scripture phrases like “richly rewarded” (Hebrews 10:35), “great is your reward” (Luke 6:23), and “rewarded fully” (2 John 8). Plus references to crowns as a reward. Paul unashamedly encouraged his readers to go for the prize (1 Corinthians 9:24-27). The idea of rewards and future blessings was a strong motivator for Paul.

Conversely, the loss of reward is also mentioned, “the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames” (1 Corinthians 3:13-15).

The writer of Hebrews encourages us to be like Moses. “… (Moses) refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward” (Hebrews 11:2).

Likewise, let’s look ahead to our reward.