O/W/R - Section 4

  1. It ought to be the business of every day to prepare for our last day. MATTHEW HENRY - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2422.
  2. He who provides for this life but takes not care for eternity is wise for a moment but a fool forever. JOHN TILLOTSON - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2424.
  3. If life’s greatest certainty is death, wouldn’t it be foolish not to prepare for what lies beyond this life? Any life that leaves us unprepared for death is a wasted life.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2439.
  4. Some people imagine that they can have the person of Christ without the doctrine of Christ. They like the idea of Jesus, but they shy away from his teaching. Some even revolt against it. But their goal is impossible, for he has declared that he will come to none and make his abode with none except those who keep his commandments. Spurgeon once wrote on this theme, “We cannot separate Christ from the Word; for, in the first place, he is the Word; and, in the next place, how dare we call him Master and Lord and do not the things which he says, and reject the truth which he teaches? We must obey his precepts or he will not accept us as disciples. Especially that precept of love which is the essence of all his words. … If thou wilt not have Christ and his words, neither will he have thee nor thy words.” - From the commentary on John 15:7  from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) from John Montgomery Boice.
  5. Scripture states that eternal realities should influence the character of our present life, right down to every word we speak and every action we take (James 2:12; 2 Peter 3:11-12).  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2447.
  6. Our devotion to the newspaper and neglect of the Bible is the ultimate testimony to our interest in the short-range over the long-range. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2455.
  7. The Bible tells us that this life lays the foundation upon which eternal life is built. Eternity will hold for us what we have invested there during our life on earth. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2478.
  8. The only certainty seems to be that if we know Christ as Savior we’ll be in heaven. We might say, “Just knowing I’ll be in heaven is good enough for me.” Apparently, however, it isn’t good enough for God. His Word tells us specifically about other aspects of our personal futures. And many readers will find them quite different than what they’ve supposed. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2486.
  9. Most people fail to realize that money is both a test and a trust from God. God uses finances to teach us to trust him, and for many people, money is the greatest test of all. God watches how we use money to test how trustworthy we are. The Bible says, “If you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven?”
    This is a very important truth. God says there is a direct relationship between how I use my money and the quality of my spiritual life. How I manage my money (“worldly wealth”) determines how much God can trust me with spiritual blessings (“true riches”). Let me ask you: Is the way you manage your money preventing God from doing more in your life? Can you be trusted with spiritual riches?
    Jesus said, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” Life is a test and a trust, and the more God gives you, the more responsible he expects you to be. - From the book “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren.
  10. God will judge everyone (Acts 17:31), and he will judge fairly (Genesis 18:25). Specifically, he will judge us according to our deeds: “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve” (Jeremiah 17:10). - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2501.
  11. Will he not repay each person according to what he has done?” (Proverbs 24:12).  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2503.
  12. “They will be paid back with harm for the harm they have done” (2 Peter 2:13).  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2504.
  13. Jesus commands us to store up for ourselves treasures in heaven.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2548.
  14. We’ve been deceived into thinking that works is a dirty word. Not true. God condemns works done to earn salvation and works done to impress others. But our Lord enthusiastically commends works done for the right reasons. Immediately after saying our salvation is “not by works,” Paul adds: “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:8-10).  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2669.
  15. God has a lifetime of good works for each of us to do. Many of these works he intends to do with our money and possessions. He will reward us according to whether or not we do them. Scripture ties God’s reward-giving to his character: “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them” (Hebrews 6:10).  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2672.
  16. James repeatedly states that good works are essential to the Christian life (James 2:17-18, 22, 24, 26). “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom” (James 3:13). - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2676.
  17. God gives us eternal rewards for doing good works (Ephesians 6:8; Romans 2:6, 10), persevering under persecution (Luke 6:22-23), showing compassion to the needy (Luke 14:13-14), and treating our enemies kindly (Luke 6:35). He also grants us rewards for generous giving: “Go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven” (Matthew 19:21). - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2678.
  18. We know Christ will say to some (but not all) believers, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Matthew 25:21). Not “Well said,” or “Well believed,” but “Well done.” What separates the sheep from the goats is what they did and didn’t do with their God-entrusted resources of time, money, and possessions.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2681.
  19. Where we spend eternity, whether heaven or hell, depends on our faith. Our further condition in either place will be determined by our works. John Bunyan said, “Consider, to provoke you to good works, that you shall have from God, when you come to glory, a reward for everything you do for him on earth.” - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2687.
  20. We can’t do life here over again. There’s no retaking the course once we’ve failed it. There’s no improving a D to an A. No rescheduling the final exams. Death is the deadline. There’s no extension. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2694.
  21. A basketball game is over at the final buzzer. Shots taken late don’t count. When the trumpet heralds Christ’s return, our eternal future begins and our present opportunity ends. If we have failed by then to use our money, possessions, time, and energy for eternity, then we have failed—period. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2696.
  22. What we do in this life is of eternal importance. You and I will never have another chance to move the hand of God through prayer to heal a hurting soul, share Christ with one who can be saved from hell, care for the sick, give a cup of water to the thirsty, comfort the dying, invest money to help the helpless, rescue the unborn, further God’s kingdom, open our homes, and share our clothes and food with the poor and needy.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2703.
  23. What you do with your resources in this life is your autobiography. The book you’ve written with the pen of faith and the ink of works will go into eternity unedited, to be seen and read as is by the angels, the redeemed, and God himself. When we view today in light of the long tomorrow, the little choices become tremendously important. Whether I read my Bible today, pray, go to church, share my faith, and give my money—graciously empowered not by my flesh but by his Spirit—is of eternal consequence, not only for other souls, but mine.   - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2706.
  24. This life is our opportunity. Scripture does not teach what most of us seem to assume—that heaven will transform each of us into equal beings with equal possessions and equal responsibilities and equal capacities. It does not say our previous lives will be of no eternal significance. It says exactly the opposite.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2717.
  25. Donald Gray Barnhouse put it this way:   Let us live, then, in the light of eternity. If we do not, we are weighting the scales against our eternal welfare. We must understand that “what- soever a man soweth” must be taken in its widest meaning, and that every thought and intent of the heart will come under the scrutiny of the Lord and His coming. We can be sure that at the Judgment Seat of Christ there will be a marked difference between the Christian who has lived his life before the Lord, clearly discerning what was for the glory of God, and another Christian who was saved in a rescue mission at the tag end of a depraved and vicious life, or a nominal Christian saved on his deathbed after a life of self-pride, self-righteousness, self-love, and self-sufficiency. All will be in heaven, but the differences will be eternal. We may be sure that the consequences of our character will survive the grave and that we shall face those consequences at the Judgment Seat of Christ.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2724.
  26. Put yourself in Nobel’s place. Read your own obituary, not as written by an uninformed or biased reporter, but as an onlooking angel might write it from heaven’s point of view. Look at it carefully. Then use the rest of your life to edit that obituary into what you want it to be.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2750.
  27. Whatever good thing you do for Him, if done according to the Word, is laid up for you as treasure in chests and coffers, to be brought out to be rewarded before both men and angels, to your eternal comfort. JOHN BUNYAN  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2762.
  28. A Closer Look at Rewards A day of judgment is coming upon all men. God promises great reward for all who have served him faithfully (Revelation 11:18). He will reward every loyal servant for works done in this life: “At that time each will receive his praise from God” (1 Corinthians 4:5). God rewards generously, promising a return of “a hundred times” (Matthew 19:29). This is ten thousand percent interest, a return far out of proportion to the amount invested.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2769.
  29. God rewards us for doing good works (Ephesians 6:8; Romans 2:6, 10), denying ourselves (Matthew 16:24-27), showing compassion to the needy (Luke 14:13-14), and treating our enemies kindly (Luke 6:35). He also grants us rewards for generous giving: “Go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven” (Matthew 19:21).  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2774.
  30. Rewards are promised to those who endure difficult circumstances while trusting in God (Hebrews 10:34-36), and to those who persevere under persecution (Luke 6:22-23). A life of godliness will be richly rewarded (2 Peter 3:11-14). When we extend hospitality and give a meal to those too poor or incapacitated to pay us back, Christ promises, “you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous” (Luke 14:14).  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2776.
  31. Paul reminds us there’s a timetable for the harvest: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9). The believer’s compensation, just like the unbeliever’s, is usually deferred.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2780.
  32. Believers will reign with Christ over the world (Revelation 20:6). We’ll even rule over angels (1 Corinthians 6:3). Some will be put “in charge of many things” (Matthew 25:21-23). Christ spoke of granting some followers rulership over cities—eleven cities for one, five for another, and none for a third, in proportion to their faithful service (Luke 19:17-24). - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2783.
  33. Although all believers will be with Christ, not all will reign with him, at least not with equal responsibility and authority. There are conditions for reigning: “If we endure, we will also reign with him” (2 Timothy 2:12). Christ promises, “To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne” (Revelation 3:21). He says, “To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations . . . just as I have received authority from my Father. I will also give him the morning star” (Revelation 2:26-28).  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2786.
  34. Scripture is clear that there’s a payback in eternity according to what was done during our time on earth, and that there will be differences among our rewards in heaven (Proverbs 24:11-12; Matthew 19:27-30; Luke 14:12-14). In other words, our experiences in heaven will not be the same. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2819.
  35. Everyone’s experience in heaven will be wonderful, it will be more wonderful for some than others, depending on their works on earth.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2824.
  36. Two jars can both be full, but the one with greater capacity contains more. Likewise, all of us will be full of joy in heaven, but some may have more joy because their capacity for joy will be larger, having been stretched through trusting God in this life.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2825.
  37. It’s a fact that the doctrine of differing rewards and differing positions in heaven means we will have different experiences in heaven. These eternal experiences are presently being forged in the crucible of this life. What I do with my money and possessions here and now will significantly affect my eternal experience in heaven.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2835.
  38. Whenever we speak of rewards, particularly because we speak of them so rarely, it’s easy to confuse God’s work and man’s. Many mistakenly believe that heaven is our reward for doing good things. This is absolutely not the case. Our presence in heaven is in no sense a reward for our works, but a gift freely given by God in response to faith (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5). - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2839.
  39. Our works done as stewards or servants will someday be evaluated by our Master. He will reward us accordingly. The works worthy of reward are those done with faithfulness (1 Corinthians 4:2) and right motives (1 Corinthians 4:5), which only God is qualified to judge. To the degree that our life hasn’t been characterized by good works, or to the degree these works have been done with improper motives, we will lose or forfeit our reward (1 Corinthians 3:12-15). - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2851.
  40. Salvation is about God’s work on behalf of humanity. Conversely, rewards are a matter of our work for God. When it comes to salvation, our work for God is no substitute for God’s work for us. God saves us because of Christ’s work, not ours. Likewise, when it comes to rewards, God’s work for humanity is no substitute for our work for God. God rewards us for our work, not Christ’. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2855.
  41. Forgiven people can still lose their rewards and forfeit eternal positions of responsibility they could have had. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2865.
  42. With our salvation, the work was Christ’s. With our rewards, the work is ours. It’s imperative that we trust in Christ, lean on him, and draw upon him for power, for apart from him we can do nothing. But if we hope to receive a reward, we must still do the necessary work. As our forefathers put it, we must bear the cross if we are to wear the crown.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2867.
  43. Belief (trust, faith) determines our eternal destination: where we will be. Behavior (obedience) determines our eternal rewards: what we will have there. Works do not affect our destination (in other words, our redemption is secured by the work of Christ). However, works do affect our reward experienced at that destination. Just as there are eternal consequences to our faith, so there are eternal consequences to our works.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2869.
  44. The doctrine of eternal rewards for our obedience is the neglected key to unlocking our motivation.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2882.
  45. Moses “regarded disgrace for the name of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward” (Hebrews 11:26). Motivated by long-term reward, he chose short-term disgrace. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2883.
  46. Paul ran his life’s race with his eyes on the prize, which motivated him to run hard and long. He strove not to get a crown of laurel leaves that would rot, but “to get a crown that will last forever” (1 Corinthians 9:24-25). Paul was unashamedly motivated by the prospect of eternal reward, which he affirmed freely and frequently (2 Corinthians 4:16-18; 5:9-10; 2 Timothy 4:7-8). He encouraged all believers to be motivated by rewards (Galatians 6:9-10; 1 Timothy 6:17-19; 2 Timothy 2:5, 12). - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2885.
  47. Our instinct is to give to those who will give us something in return and not to those who won’t. Christ appealed not only to our compassion but to our eternal self-interest: If we do a compassionate act that goes unrewarded by others in this life, God will pay us back in the next life. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2893.
  48. “Love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High” (Luke 6:35, NASB). Once again, Christ sought to motivate us to do good works by the promise of rewards. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2898.
  49. Despite prevailing opinions to the contrary, the prospect of rewards is a proper motivation for the Christian’s obedience (Matthew 6:19-21)—including the generous sharing of our money and possessions. If we maintain that it’s wrong to be motivated by rewards, we bring a serious accusation against Christ. We imply he is tempting us to sin every time he offers rewards for obedience! - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2900.
  50. He’ll reward those who suffered while trusting him, and those who helped the ones who were suffering. He doesn’t have to. He wants to! And make no mistake, he will. “For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done” (Matthew 16:27, italics mine). - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2930.
  51. Reward is not our only motivation. We should be motivated by gratitude to serve God (Hebrews 12:28). We should be motivated by our ambition “to please him” (2 Corinthians 5:9). But these motives are never in scriptural conflict with the motive of reward. The same Bible that calls upon us to obey God out of our love for him as Father and Redeemer (Deuteronomy 7:9; 11:1; 30:20) also calls upon us to obey out of our fear of him as Creator and Judge (Genesis 2:17; Deuteronomy 28:58-67; Hebrews 10:30-31) and out of our hope in him as Rewarder of those who serve him (Deuteronomy 28:2-9; Hebrews 11:6). Each of these motivations is legitimate, and each complements the other.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2937.
  52. What is in God’s best interests is also in others’ best interests and in my best interests (not necessarily immediately, but always ultimately). Something that is good will be good for everyone—not good for God and bad for me, or good for me and bad for my neighbor. What’s good is good for all. Every time I obey God, I’m doing what’s ultimately best for all. Every time I disobey him, I’m doing what’s ultimately worst for all.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2951.
  53. How should we respond to adversity for the sake of Christ? “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy.” Why should we leap for joy? “Because great is your reward in heaven” (Luke 6:23). - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2959.
  54. Jesus says, “Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven” (Matthew 6:1).  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 4576.
  55. Don’t do a righteous act in order to impress people. But when you do a good work, use that opportunity to bring praise to God. What Jesus objects to is not that men would know we give, but that we would give to impress men rather than to please God.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 4589.
  56. We’re told to examine ourselves and test ourselves (2 Corinthians 13:5). David prayed that God would search his heart and test him, then show him anything he needed to repent of and change (Psalm 139:23-24).  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 4753.
  57. The gospel does not prompt you to mere reflection; the gospel requires a response.  - From the Kindle book Radical by David Platt, at location 344.
  58. There are thousands of people who have had some form of emotional experience that they refer to as conversion but who have never truly converted to Christ.  Christ demands a change in the way you live - and if your life does not conform to your experience, then you have every reason to doubt your experience! - From the section on Conversion on page 82 of “Billy Graham in Quotes” by Franklin Graham with Donna Lee Toney..
  59. It is a contradiction to be a true Christianand not humble - Richard Baxter - From Turning Points with God - 365 Daiy Devotions by David Jeremiah
  60. James 2:24 - You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.  It is not faith and works that saves a man. It is not faith or works. It is faith that works. If your faith is real, it will show itself. How? By obeying the Word of God and following the leading of the Lord, even though you may not understand where it will lead.  You know you’re truly born again when you find yourself obeying God. We’re not saved by obedience. But our obedience proves we’re saved, for true faith works. -  From commentary on James 2:14-26 from Courson’s Application Commentary by Jon Courson.
  61. Matthew 25:31-46 - The judgment identifies sins of omission as most serious. All one needs to do to miss out on God’s grace is to ignore Him. “All that needs to happen for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing!” We saw this same sin of omission in the Parousia parables; the foolish virgins neglected to bring oil, the unfaithful servant was rejected for doing nothing, and those on the left hand are rejected for failing to minister to the needy about them. The passage emphasizes that the gospel always has social implications, even though not all social service has the gospel. The story of the Good Samaritan is the classic illustration of Christian social action.  - From the Preacher’s Commentary Series, Volumes 1-35: Genesis - Revelation by Stuart Briscoe.
  62. Matthew 25:40 - Jesus affirms that believers are to care for one another, but especially the least and insignificant among them. This does not absolve a general mercy that Christians must demonstrate toward all in need. As Morris says, “Everyone in need is to be the object of Christian benevolence.” But perhaps the best guiding light is given by the apostle Paul, who stated the principle, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Gal. 6:10).

    But we should reiterate that these good deeds are not the works by which one enters the kingdom; they are the substantiation of the kind of kingdom life that has been produced through the transformation of the heart of his disciples through regeneration. Their works of caring for the needy among them will confirm that they belong to Jesus. Otherwise they are not truly his sheep, because they have not been born again by the Spirit of God.
    - From the NIV Application Commentary New Testament Set by numerous authors (Bloomberg, Boc, Burge, Fernando, Garland, Guthrie, Hafemann, Holmes, Keener, Liefeld, McKnight, Moo, etc) and published by Zondervan