Witnessing is a wonderfully rewarding experience! It’s thrilling to see the Lord’s love transform people’s spirits and lives, and it’s wonderful to know that a loved one, friend, or someone you may have just met will be going to heaven as a result of your witness. “There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents,”1 and you, God’s instrument on earth, also get to partake of that joy.
That alone would be reward enough, but there’s much, much more! Jesus has promised bountiful rewards and honor in heaven to those who follow and please Him, and the best way you can please Him is by bringing others to Him. That makes Him proud of you. “I tell you, whoever acknowledges Me before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God.”2
Once you’re saved, you belong to Jesus forever. You can rest assured that He will never stop loving you, and that you have eternal life no matter what you do or don’t do. That can’t change. What can change according to how much you let the Lord use your life is the amount of commendation and heavenly reward you’ll receive. Your works don’t determine your salvation, but they will determine whether you enter heaven “with honors.” The Bible says that “those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.”3 Salvation alone doesn’t guarantee that special shine in heaven; doing your best to fulfill the Great Commission does.
That’s now your job as a born-again Christian, and it’s not meant to be something you do out of duty alone. It’s a vocation you should be proud to fulfill. It’s not always an easy task, and there will probably be times when you will be discouraged or frustrated because you feel you’re not bearing much fruit. In times like those, it helps to remember what’s waiting up ahead. The satisfaction of knowing you have pleased the Lord and the rewards He promises as a result will make it worth it all!
Will Jesus say to you, “Well done”?
We can’t earn or work for salvation. That’s a gift.4 But we can earn special praise and commendation from the Lord, and we can work for rewards. The heavenly crown the Lord talks about in Revelation 2:10 is not our salvation. We have eternal life through His Son.5 The crown is our reward, given only to winners—only those who run and win the race.6 “He will reward each according to his works.”7 The people who love the Lord the most and serve Him most faithfully and sacrificially are going to get the greatest rewards, the greatest blessings.
In the story Jesus told about the man with one talent (ancient unit of weight) of gold, the man with two, and the man with five, the thing that was important was not that one was given more than the other, but how they each invested the assets they had been given.8 What you do with your talents or gifts is up to you. It’s not what you’ve got that determines the outcome, it’s what you do with what you’ve got!
When you get to heaven and the time comes for you to receive your recognition and reward, will He say to you, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Lord”?9 That’s the commendation that we all want to hear one of these days—and we will if we will be faithful to do our best for Him here and now.—D.B.B.
We’re building a home of hearts that’s going to last for eternity
The happiest part about heaven will be all the people we’ll see there that we had a share in winning to the Lord. Our greatest joy is going to be His love and the love of others and the gratitude of others, the thankfulness of those we helped to get there.
If you really love people, you will love them all the way!—All the way to heaven and all the way through eternity. You’ll tell them about Jesus and help them receive Him. Then no matter what happens here, you’ll meet them over there. Tell them about Jesus now so you’ll be together in heavenly places for eternity.—D.B.B.
We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own
Never underestimate the power of personal witnessing to not only win people to Jesus, but also to inspire and encourage your own heart and keep you alive spiritually. “The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself.”10 Witnessing in itself is a form of reward. It inspires our own hearts as we watch the Lord work. It will not only be worth it all when we see Jesus, but it’s worth it all right now to see the wonderful, thrilling, and satisfying results of our labors.—D.B.B.