Salvation is not a reward for anything you have done. Salvation is a free gift from God. We will be rewarded in heaven according to the work we have done on earth relating to the building of God’s kingdom. However, we can’t work for salvation, and we don’t work to get rewards. Once we are saved, there is just something inside of us that prompts us to work for the kingdom.
Why, then, is salvation NOT a reward?
“The gift of God is eternal life in Christ our Lord” (Ephesians 2:8).”
Salvation is not a reward we receive in heaven. It is the gift of God we receive while on earth. We do receive some benefits of salvation on earth; however, the best benefits come later. And they are out of this world.
Salvation is NOT a reward for something we have done. Instead, it is a free GIFT given to us because of Jesus’ death on the cross. We receive rewards in heaven for what we have done on earth. We do nothing to earn our salvation except believing and receiving it by faith.