READ: 1 Corinthians 3:9-15
And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
Dear friends, your works on earth are being monitored. God is going to ask you what you have done with His gift – with the things He has given to you. He will enquire of our works!
Which works are these? Whatever these are, it must be important for every church to have these works fully in place. Notice the following verses: “I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liar…“(Revelation 2:2). “I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan” (Revelation 2:9). “I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days where in Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you,where Satan dwelleth” ( Revelation 2:13). “I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience,and thy works; and the last to be more than the first”(Revelation 2:19). “And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead” (Revelation 3:1).
God did not say, “I know thy houses and thy cars.” He did not say, “I know thy degree.” He did not say, “I know thy father and thy mother.” He said, “I know thy works.“