As Jesus was preparing his Apostles for his departing from this earth, they were saddened by the thought of Jesus leaving, but Jesus said to them, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” (John 14:1-3)
Paul was nearing the end of his life and he said, “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:6-8)
If we will do these simple things, we will receive the same reward that Christ’s apostles received. If we will do these things, an eternal life in Heaven with God will be our reward.
If you live your life in fellowship with God, if you live your life as a member of God’s family, at the end of this life, He will gather all his family to be with Him in Heaven.
And so live, walking in the light by following the commands and example of Jesus, confessing sins in prayer to God, and spend your life obeying His Word, the Bible. And as you live and die faithful to God, know that God will be faithful to you, and that you will receive your reward.
It’s just like the young man in the story. He made it to the stage, he climbed to the top, he stretched out his hand, and he took the reward from the man on stage. He did not earn his reward, just as we do not earn eternal life in Heaven with God. Both the hundred-dollar-bill and eternal life in Heaven with God are gifts. But the young man did what the man on stage said to do in order to receive the gift. Rest assured that God waits with His hand outstretched, waiting for us to do what He asks in order to receive His gift. He has told us what to do to be saved, and He is holding our reward for us. Now, what are you waiting for? Take those steps, and when this life is over, receive that beautiful reward.