If God saved us by His grace (i.e., unmerited favor), then why would He make us earn eternal rewards for serving Him?
(This article is part of our series on eternal rewards.)
The Bible makes clear that God gives rewards, both in an earthly sense and in an eternal sense, but it's equally important to understand that our salvation is never called a "reward" in Scripture. Our salvation is only by faith alone in Christ alone and never by our works:
Nonetheless, having saved us God then calls us to perform good works (Ephesians 2:10). It is for such works that we will be rewarded. In fact, God encourages us to work for such rewards or “treasures:"
Therefore, not only is it biblical for Christians to do good works with an eye toward heavenly rewards, it is God’s will for us to do so.
To get up to speed on this important area of Biblical truth, please read the following series of articles:
1. Are eternal rewards biblical?