And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.
Much of the New Testament warns those who follow Christ and serve Him about the difficulties that will occur in this world. Undoubtedly a genuine servant of Jesus Christ will face tribulations on this earth. From the beginning, the vast majority of His disciples were martyred. Others, like Juan, died in a natural way, but not before suffering jail, exile and persecution. And you might ask, is it worthwhile then to continue and serve Christ? Well look what Revelation 22:12 tells you and you will see that it is worth it.
When carrying out a task, it is valid to expect some kind of reward. In the exercise of a profession or trade, we generally offer our time and effort in exchange for a salary or some other economic remuneration. Amateur athletes, who do not receive money for their work, train and compete to win a medal or trophy. Many people volunteer at non-profit institutions and, although they do not receive money, their reward is the recognition of society for their services.
God is always willing to reward those He loves, believe in and serve Him. From the very moment he was called by God, Abraham, who was then known as Abram, received the promise of a reward from God. Genesis 15:1 says, After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” God fulfilled His promise to Abraham, whose reward is to be called a friend of God and father of the faith and the chosen people of God.
Already from the Old Testament the Bible speaks of a reward. In Psalm 58:11 we read, So that men will say, “Surely there is a reward for the righteous; Surely He is God who judges in the earth.” And certainly we are justified by grace, through faith in Jesus, the Son of God, and our justification brings with it a reward. Also Proverbs 11:18 speaks of a reward, The wicked man does deceptive work, but he who sows righteousness will have a sure reward. We see a certain similarity of this proverb with Revelation 22:12.
Our Lord never promised a rosy path for His disciples and those who would believe in Him. Many times, He warned what was waiting for them, but He also gave words of encouragement and promises, as Matthew 5:11-12 says, Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
So to work for Christ will not be without reward in the heavens and His coming. But it is necessary that we take care of that reward. 2 John 1:8 says, Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward. The time of our reward is closer every day. Revelation 11:18 says, The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints, and those who fear Your name, small and great, and should destroy those who destroy the earth. Let us prepare for His glorious coming. God bless you.