A Righteous Man’s Reward


Matthew 10:41

          “He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.”




Jesus speaks of the reward of a righteous man.  What does “reward” mean? Christians have spoken of the rewards and the treasures in heaven to those who have been faithful while they lived upon the earth.


What are the rewards?  Are they streets of gold?  Diamonds, rubies, sapphires?  Are they riches without measure?  What will heaven be like?


Throughout scripture, especially in the teachings of Jesus, we see the mention of eternal rewards to those who were faithful to store up for themselves treasures in heaven.  Rarely do believers discuss exactly WHAT those treasures are. 


Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”  (NAS)


The treasures of heaven are contrasted with those obtained on earth in the passage above.  It is obvious that heaven’s riches do not consist of material things.  So much for the ‘name-it-and-claim-it” gang.  In fact, if we do not use our earthly treasures to further the kingdom of God, ALL of it was a waste of time. 


Ecclesiastes 4:7-8 Then I looked again at vanity under the sun.  There was a certain man without a dependent, having neither a son nor a brother, yet there was no end to all his labor.  Indeed, his eyes were not satisfied with riches and he never asked, “And for whom am I laboring and depriving myself of pleasure?”  This too is vanity and it is a grievous task.  (NAS)


Ecclesiastes 5:10-11 He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance {with its} income.  This too is vanity.  When good things increase, those who consume them increase.  So what is the advantage to their owners except to look on?  (NAS)


Ecclesiastes 5: 13-16 There is a grievous evil {which} I have seen under the sun: riches being hoarded by their owner to his hurt.  When those riches were lost through a bad investment and he had fathered a son, then there was nothing to support him.  As he had come naked from his mother's womb, so will he return as he came.  He will take nothing from the fruit of his labor that he can carry in his hand.  And this also is a grievous evil-- exactly as a man is born, thus will he die. So, what is the advantage to him who toils for the wind?  (NAS)


Ecclesiastes 6:1-9 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun and it is prevalent among men--a man to whom God has given riches and wealth and honor so that his soul lacks nothing of all that he desires, but God has not empowered him to eat from them, for a foreigner enjoys them.  This is vanity and a severe affliction.  If a man fathers a hundred {children} and lives many years, however many they be, but his soul is not satisfied with good things, and he does not even have a {proper} burial, {then} I say, “Better the miscarriage than he, for it comes in futility and goes into obscurity; and its name is covered in obscurity.  It never sees the sun and it never knows {anything;} it is better off than he.  Even if the {other} man lives a thousand years twice and does not enjoy good things-- do not all go to one place?”  All a man's labor is for his mouth and yet the appetite is not satisfied.  For what advantage does the wise man have over the fool?  What {advantage} does the poor man have, knowing {how} to walk before the living?  What the eyes see is better than what the soul desires.  This too is futility and a striving after wind.  (NAS)


All Christians wonder deep inside what heaven will be like, but do they find the answers to their questions in the scriptures?  A Righteous Man’s Reward…


Matthew 10:40-42 He who receives and welcomes and accepts YOU receives and welcomes and accepts ME, and he who receives and welcomes and accepts Me receives and welcomes and accepts HIM Who sent Me.  41 He who receives and welcomes and accepts a prophet because he is a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward, and he who receives and welcomes and accepts a righteous man because he is a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward.  42 And whoever gives to one of these little ones in rank or influence even a cup of cold water because he is MY disciple, surely I declare to you, he shall not lose his reward.  AMP




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