Your Love Walk Leads to Rewards or Punishment
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.’ … “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.’” (Matthew 25:34; 41, NIV)
As Jesus sits on His throne of glory, He instructs the sheep on His right to take their inheritance and then He tells the goats on the left to leave. Notice the fate of the two groups. Sheep, blessed ones of God, take their inheritance in the Kingdom. Goats, the cursed, are driven into the eternal fire with Satan. Jesus says of the sheep, “when I was hungry you fed me, when I was thirsty you gave me something to drink, when I appeared as a stranger you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, when I was sick you looked after me, I was in prison and you visited me.” Jesus says to them, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”
This passage tells us what we can expect: rewards or punishment, Heaven or Hell. Our reward for following Jesus and walking in love with God and man is Heaven. For those who choose to be independent, apart from God, focus on themselves, turn a blind eye and walk past others in need, the end is eternal punishment in the fire of Hell.
Child of God, we all get either rewards or punishment. Our love walk not only impacts others here on earth, it determines our ultimate destiny. I encourage you to ask God to soften your heart today. Seek Him and His Word. Ask Him to fill your heart with His love and start sharing this love with others. Remember, all eternity rests on this simple choice. When you walk in love, you are heaven-bound.
Father, thank You for sending us a faithful Shepherd. Jesus, thank You for showing me that love starts with obedience and sacrifice. Holy Spirit, give me a heart transplant and fill me with God’s love, that I may be worthy of my reward in Heaven. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.
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