1 Corinthians 3:9,13-14 (NET) We are coworkers belonging to God. You are God’s field, God’s building. Each builder’s work will be plainly seen, for the Day will make it clear, because it will be revealed by fire. And the fire will test what kind of work each has done. If what someone has built survives, he will receive a reward.
On that day, some will face immense pain as they realize their life’s work on earth amounts to nothing, leaving them unrewarded. This pain will be compounded as they witness others receiving their well-deserved rewards and being elevated to higher levels in the eternal kingdom.
In the eternal kingdom, rewards come in the form of authority and crowns, signifying the territories we are entrusted to govern. The size of one’s territory is likely determined by the size of their reward. The twelve apostles of the Lamb, for instance, will govern the choicest part of the [earthly] kingdom from the headquarters in Jerusalem, alongside the Lord (see Mat 19:28, Rev 21:14). The rest of us will rule over the remaining parts of the world and even the universe, inheriting it all as joint heirs with the Lord.
The quality of one’s work on earth is crucial for it to endure scrutiny on that day. Superior quality work, as established earlier, is measured by its effectiveness in bringing and converting people to Christ. Some individuals have constructed ministries centered around themselves, forgetting that they are mere servants, and the people do not belong to them. The kingdom of God revolves around Christ; He is the foundation and the chief cornerstone.
As you move forward, keep in mind that the nature of your kingdom work on earth will shape your eternal kingdom ranking.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi
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