Repay

For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done. Matthew 16:27

Have you ever done something for someone, and it has gone completely unnoticed? Sometimes we try to help someone, and it feels as though it is not appreciated or even noticed. Please read and/or listen to Matthew 16:24-27 again today. Amid the call to follow, to deny self and take up the cross, is a promise of reward—repayment. Jesus is coming again in great splendor, power, and majesty, bringing his angels with him. He is coming in all his glory. When he comes, he will repay each person for what they have done. You will be repaid. If you have chosen to reject the offer of salvation through Jesus, you will be repaid with eternal conscious torment in hell. What you have done has not gone unnoticed. But if you have surrendered your life to Christ, followed him and his teachings, you will be repaid with eternity in his presence. What you have done also has not gone unnoticed. What you have lost will be repaid. You will have the gain that Jesus promised—his presence apart from sin. For the true follower of Jesus, this promise is not necessarily to be considered getting what you are due, as much as it is receiving the fruit of your sacrifice. You gain the abundant life found only in his presence. You discover what it means to be dressed in the righteousness of Christ alone, apart from sin. You experience hope realized beyond anything you have imagined. You have known the presence of God in your life in this world, but it pales in comparison to the fullness of his presence that you will experience when you see him face to face. In many ways, that alone is the repayment for what you have done as his follower. Take time today to imagine that moment when you see Jesus and gain your reward!