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1 Corinthians 3:14-15 (NKJV)
If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward.
If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
Some have said that as long as they escape hell fire, they are fine, they do not need any reward. Some have even wrongly quoted David by saying they would rather be a doorkeeper in God’s house than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. They fail to realize that in this, the psalmist was talking about service in God’s house (Doorkeepers are servants) — service for which an eternal reward would be due.
Anyone who tries to downplay the reality of service and reward in the kingdom of God does this because he does not understand the kingdom. Many of the times Jesus taught about the kingdom of God, He taught about service and reward in the kingdom (Matt 5:12, Luke 19:11-27, Matt 25:14-30, etc).
Somebody once argued that seeing the kingdom of God was the same thing as inheriting the kingdom of God. I simply asked if the word ‘see’ and the word ‘inherit’ mean the same thing.
On the day when we believers will stand before the Lord to give an account of our stewardship here on earth, some will receive rewards while some others will suffer loss.
Some will sit with the Lord on thrones and rule the universe with Him forever, but others will not have that privilege. They will suffer loss because even though it was their destiny as sons of God to inherit the kingdom of God [as joint heirs with Christ], their work has disqualified them from their inheritance and thrones. They would be saved but would have lost their inheritance through the fire of judgment.
Go into today remembering that how we spend our relatively short time here would determine how we would spend the rest of eternity.