One thing that bugs me, and I catch myself doing it too, is people talking about all the rewards in Heaven. No I don’t think there will not be good things in Heaven. We just can’t be calling those things rewards.
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
My problem is not that there are good things waiting for us in heaven, but the use of the word “reward”.
re·ward – something given or received in return or recompense for service, merit, hardship, etc. – dictionary.com
Reward would imply that we earned it, and we deserve to be there. Neither of which are true. We, under no circumstances, deserve to go to Heaven, nor have we earned any rewards from God. Heaven and all that comes with it is a gift.
Gift – something given voluntarily without payment in return, as to show favor toward someone, honor an occasion, or make a gesture of assistance; present. – dictionary.com
Nothing we do can ever bring us closer to God, it is only by his grace that we are able to interact with him, and ultimately go to Heaven. This is the definition of a Gift. I’m not saying using the word reward is all that bad, it effectively conveys the message, but we have to remember that when we say reward that we really mean gift and that there is nothing we have done or will do to ever deserve it.
May God send his gifts upon you
- Salvation By Grace and Not Works (karwenji.wordpress.com)
- Ephesians 2:8,9 – Conversations with God (thimblefulloftheology.wordpress.com)