The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. (1 Corinthians 3:8)
Over the past week, we’ve explored six ways your work matters to God. In Days 8-10, we saw how our work glorifies God by revealing his character to others, loves our neighbors as ourselves, and is a vehicle for making disciples. In Days 11-13, we saw how work can reveal Jesus’s kingship, spread the aroma of his goodness, and physically contribute to the building of his kingdom.
Those six truths ought to give us plenty of purpose and motivation for our work. But God in his great graciousness gives us something else—an explicit incentive to do our work well and in line with his principles. As today’s passage makes clear, there are varying eternal rewards tied to how we work today.
Now, to be clear, our work has zero impact on our status as adopted children of God. Our salvation “is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:9). But while our entrance into God’s kingdom is apart from works, our rewards are not. Your work matters today because it impacts the rewards you will inherit for eternity!
As we wrap up the second week of this series, I pray you now see that your work matters a great deal to God. The question now is this: In light of what Scripture says about how our work matters, what does that mean for our work in the present? How should we work in light of these truths?
That is the question we’ll begin to answer tomorrow as we enter into the third and final week of this study.