The Reward of Redemption

photo by Bahman Farzad

“Behold, I am coming soon!  My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he/she has done.” – Revelation 22:12

Our Heavenly Father will return.  Every one of us will one day stand before Him as He takes inventory of all that we have and have not done.  He will either declare, “well done, my good and faithful servant“, or “depart from me, for I never knew you.”

He commands each of us to love Him and to love people.  Jesus modeled this for us, as He did not stand back, walk around, or avoid the sinful, the sickly, or the broken.  He drew near and touched the untouchable, listened to those without a voice, and healed those who had known only harm.  By going beyond the belief barriers of what was thought to be unclean, His love changed lives and transformed communities.  Because Jesus walked in perfect obedience to the Omnipotent, His reward is to forever remain seated at the right hand of the Father.

Our reward for a life lived in passionate pursuit of our Provider, paired with actively loving others as He asks, is to dwell in His Holy presence forever.

At the end of my days, I want to know that I have spent my time seeking Him, loving Him, and allowing His light to shine through me by loving others as He has loved me.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that in You, our future is secure.  Teach us to lead lives that give all glory and honor to You, as we love You and love people.  Thank You for Your grace that grants us forgiveness and fresh start, each time we ask forgiveness for straying from Your perfect plan for us, and that all is again seen as clean as You do not hold onto that which has been forgiven.  Lead us to live and love like You, so that all might come to know just how good You are, God.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

4 Comments

  1. First of all, your post is wonderful again! And secondly, I have to say that I think it is awesome that both our blog posts, though very different, communicate the same message of God’s love for the wounded, (I think we both used ‘sickly’) and the broken. I love when God affirms His message that way! Blessings to you today!

  2. Sometimes I read posts all the way through, and think I’m being attentive, but still miss something. And then I read a comment from another reader–and I see what it was that God wanted me to “get”. That is NO reflection on the blog author’s writing, please understand–and I always love your posts, Shannon–it’s just something that happens to me. I am thankful, truly–as the point in your message today was very pertinent to a situation I’m struggling over, and I would not have wanted to miss it! God bless you abundantly–love, sis Caddo

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