Scripture: Revelation 14:
13Then I heard a voice from heaven say, "Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on."
"Yes," says the Spirit, "they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them."
Observation: Although we are not saved by good deeds, we are rewarded for them.
Application: We recently talked about this on a Sunday night study at church, what are our rewards? We are rewarded for our good deeds by being given crowns in heaven, Jesus spoke of treasures, and places in heaven that were to be prepared for us. We are told that when we meet Jesus in heaven that he will say "Well done good and faithful servant." That statement would imply that Jesus is talking about things we have actually done.
Doing good deeds won’t get you to heaven. You can’t do enough good to make yourself righteous before God, that is why we need Jesus’ atoning work on the cross to be the payment for our sins. However, the things we do in the name of God on this earth are noticed, I think, in heaven. Jesus said – what you have done for the least of these my brothers, you have done for me.
Those who pass through this life and have The Lord in their hearts, are truly blessed and the good that they have done here is not forgotten. Let us lay up for ourselves treasures in heaven where moth and rust do not corrupt and where no one can steal them away from us.
Prayer: God Almighty,
Let me each day do something of value for you. Let every action be pleasing and acceptable and bring glory to you. Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable and pleasing to you.