“The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.” (Psalm 147:11)
How would it make you feel, how would it change your life if you knew for a fact that the Lord God Almighty took pleasure in you, not just in your knowledge that you are loved, but that He actually desires your company. Those who fear God are those His favor shines upon, the unquestionable, reverential trust we show not only in ourselves, but to others, makes Him happy. “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Heb. 11:6)
I believe that there are more rewards for some than for others in heaven, I do not understand or claim to have special knowledge of how these rewards earn us any special privileges in the kingdom, I know that “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.” (Luke 16:10) This infers an opposite, that there are those who will be in the kingdom of God who have only been faithful in a small way, and so according to verses in the Scriptures of this nature, some will be given more responsibility than others. So then, does the Lord take pleasure in all His children in the same manner?
We must not confuse this with the love that He has for us, for if there is one area where far too many are incorrect in their interpretation of who God Almighty is, it is in this love of His towards us. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) This has led many down the path to thoughts of a grace given not out of love, but because He is compelled, almost forced to. The Lord is not going to cast sin into the Lake of Fire, He is going to throw people in there, and they are going to be punished forever. The sinner can no more be separated from his sin without the shed blood of Jesus Christ, than those who have accepted Christ as Lord can be separated from Him. “Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:39)
These levels of rewards, these differing responsibilities, are clearly pointed out in the Spiritual realm, the angel that was sent to speak words to Daniel could not pass the demon of Persia, (Daniel 10:13) he was not strong enough, and so Michael was sent to assist him. I do not understand the hierarchy of demonic activity, but apparently Satan is their leader. David will sit on the throne, as viceroy so to speak, in the future. (Jer. 30:9) When the Sons of Thunder asked their mother, (another letter in itself) to ask the Lord if they could sit at His right hand in the kingdom, (Matt. 20:20-21) the Lord’s statement infers that indeed someone will be placed there, (Matt. 20:23) an extremely high and honorable reward. Why less for some and more for others?
Because there are those that He takes pleasure in because they fear Him, in the greater sense, impossible for us to truly grasp what others might see as this complete inequality, we still are ruled in part by envy, jealousy, and selfish desires, for the majority of us to find pleasure and complete happiness in the accomplishments and rewards of others is not a normal attribute of man, look at Cain’s attitude toward his brother’s offering, of how he was accepted, and Cains was not. (Gen. 4:5)
Who will receive the greatest rewards, who will be placed in positions that we ourselves cannot attain to? Those who have served the Lord without question, those who have honored Him with their lives, and by their deaths. There will be some who will receive not one reward, and those who will receive many, all because of their actions here. I have stated this many times, and I believe it deserves memorization by those who desire to be pleasurable in the eyes of the Lord, “There are no rewards in heaven for good intentions.” “In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.” (Romans 2:16) The thoughts of our hearts, that heart that the Lord alone can see in perfect clarity, (Jer. 17:10) determines the actions that we will take for His glory.
It is easy to say that you love someone, but without any action behind those words, they are hollow, “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” (Matt. 7:20) Are all those who have called Christ Lord loved, yes, forever and eternity without end, will we all receive the same rewards, no. Until we come to the realization that nothing in our life matters but the glory of God, we will not be as profitable as we could be, until we die to self, we are still serving ourselves, and not Him.
If you want rewards above what you ever thought possible in the kingdom, you must become a willing servant of the Most High, and you must do so without thought of those rewards. Until the Lord blesses us with this type of humility, we will remain unprofitable, until we realize that He alone is Sovereign, we will continue to serve for selfish reasons, and as the Sons of Thunder were, at least in that moment, we will need to be taught a lesson in that humility.