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'For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things DONE IN THE BODY, according to what He has done, whether good or bad.' 2 Corinthians 5:10
It is taught as early as high school that what separates Man from animal is the ability to think. We are much more intelligent than the average orangutan, more talkative than the next parrot, more efficient in hunting for food than the king of the jungle. Human beings aren't animals. On the food chain, we occupy a much superior class all our own.
But free will is something that could also hurt us in the long run. Most Christians, for instance, prefer to live their own lives and follow their own plans, not even bothering to know what God has planned for them. You are a Christian and yet you may not pray at night. Some Christians only bother to show up to church on Sundays, sometimes even none at all. Many don't read the Bible past Genesis. Some don't even know what Genesis is!
It should be noted that your actions in life has a direct impact on the rewards waiting for you in heaven. For those who are in doubt, the Bible speaks for itself...
'So Jesus answered them and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brother or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or land, for My sake and the gospel’s, who shall not receive a HUNDREDFOLD now in this time … and in the age to come, eternal life.”' Mark 10:29-30
In life, God expects us to make sacrifices, if necessary, in order to live and fulfill the life of a Christian. Yes, we are endowed with free will and God encourages us to use it. But there are situations in life when we are called as Christians to give up what we want to do in order to fulfill God's wishes, and heavenly rewards await those who are faithful and true believers of Christianity. Jesus Christ gave us this promise as the time comes when we enter the Kingdom of God.
All Christians are aware of the second coming of Jesus Christ. Some Christians believe this is going to be when it will be decided who is entitled to what heavenly rewards in God's Kingdom. But isn't it strange that doing good on Earth just so you could look forward to your rewards in heaven, there's nothing Christian about that logic at all.
A true Christian is one who is selfless and does good regardless of whether there are any rewards waiting for him or her at the end of the journey. Remember that God is watching, and He knows what is inside your heart. He knows who is deserving and undeserving. Only Christians who serve in the name of the Lord and Jesus Christ have heavenly rewards waiting for them when the time comes.
'… I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you ACCORDING TO YOUR WORKS.' Revelation 2:23
As a Christian, do your best to perform good deeds with a clean and honest heart. You can be rest assured that God will do the rest.
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