“And he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her belly. So the plague was stayed from the children of Israel.” (Numb. 25:8)
For this deed the entire line of Phineas will be blessed forever.
“And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.” (Gen. 9:25) For this deed the lineage of this son of Noah will always be cursed.
Actions have consequences, some of them not beneficial, some are, always in some way to the glory of God. If you were concerned with the rewards that will be given out in heaven, you would study the Scriptures diligently and with much prayer on what these rewards are and how you can obtain them, if you wanted to know what the treasures are that await some in our eternal home, you would search the Scriptures and locate them, asking the Lord to reveal these truths to you.
I speak bluntly here again, for there are only two possible answers to these statements, either you are doing so, or already have, or you are too lazy to care and presuppose upon the Almighty and His mercy.
“If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” (John 14:14)
Those who love Him serve Him, and those who serve Him work diligently for Him, and those who work first start by studying His Word with great fear and trembling, with much desire to be as pleasing as possible in His sight, solely for His glory. Those who say they love Him who do not do so are only professing Him with their lips and are not truly saved or are just plain lazy.
Those rewards my friends are earned, they are worked for, one must strive for them, the crowns are not handed out to all who enter into His gates.
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” (2nd Cor. 5:10)
Will all who call on the name of the Lord be saved? Yes, most definitely. Will all who have been born-again receive eternal life in His presence? “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” (John 10:28) That answers that question, doesn’t it.
But if you cannot even give a name to those five or more crowns much less give an understanding on how one is to obtain them, the works necessary, yes works done by your own free will and with much effort, prayer and desire, how is it you believe you will wear even one of them?
“But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:” (Matt. 6:20) What treasures are the Scriptures referring to? Your loved ones that will receive the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior? “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.” (1st Cor. 3:6) Eternal peace and security, the assurance of your own salvation? Do you not possess them now? Abiding love? Are you not already hid in Christ?
The lack of the knowledge of the truths of the Scriptures will have eternal consequences my friends, and if you think that you are going to be able to use the excuse of “I didn’t have time to study,” think again. We make time for what is important to us, we lay aside that which is only for temporal value to obtain that which is of eternal value.
“Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.” (John 6:68)
The Lord Jesus Christ is either everything or He is nothing, He is either first in your life or you are, you have either died to self or you have not.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Romans 3:23) Because of the decision of Adam.
One chance, that’s it, one opportunity, one life to choose, to make decisions that will last throughout all eternity.
“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” (Psalm 16:11)
But He will not force that path upon you.
Do not be the one who says, “I wish I would have.”