Postponed But Not Forgotten

Based on 1 Corinthians 3:10–14, I see three facts about our eternal rewards for serving God. Let’s review the first two facts I mentioned last week, and then I’ll complete the list with the third.

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First, most rewards are received in heaven, not on earth.

Second, all rewards are based on quality, not quantity.

Here’s the third: no reward that is postponed will be forgotten. Make no mistake about it, the Bible clearly teaches that each of us “will receive a reward” (1 Corinthians 3:14).

God doesn’t settle His accounts at the end of every day. Nor does He close out His books toward the end of everyone’s life. No, not then.

But be assured, fellow servant, when that day in eternity dawns, when time shall be no more on this earth, no act of serving others (be it well-known or unknown) will be forgotten.

A nineteenth-century senator, Benjamin Hill, spoke with eloquence when he made this fitting tribute to General Robert E. Lee (a great man with a servant’s spirit):

He was a foe without hate, a friend without treachery, a soldier without cruelty, and a victim without murmuring. He was a public officer without vices, a private citizen without wrong, a neighbor without reproach, a Christian without hypocrisy, and a man without guilt. He was Caesar without his ambition, Frederick without his tyranny, Napoleon without his selfishness, and Washington without his reward.1John Bartlett, ed., Familiar Quotations (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1955), 660.

And the marvelous part of it all is that you don’t have to be a Robert E. Lee to be remembered.

You don’t have to be a courageous soldier in battle or a statesman who graciously accepts defeat.

You can be a “nobody” in the eyes of this world, and your faithful God will, someday, reward your every act of servanthood.

Rewards may be postponed, but they will not be forgotten forever.

Unlike many people today, God keeps all His promises.


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1. John Bartlett, ed., Familiar Quotations (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1955), 660.

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