The Carrot and the Stick
Dear friends below is a list of concepts I have added to each of my emails. Hopefully, this might stirrup some person to seek the Lord. Use your email to promote the things of the Lord.
You might want to attach some concepts to your email to encourage others to seek the Lord while He may be found.
Life is short, Eternity is forever!
“He that takes thought for time and takes not thought for eternity,
is wise for a moment, but a fool forever.”
“Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” James 4:14
“Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.” Proverbs 27:1
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33
“So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” Romans 14:12
“Behold, now is the accepted time; Now is the day of salvation.” 2 Cor 6:2
“Only one life will soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.”
This last concept is very appropriate for believers. Our lives will be evaluated by Christ at the Judgment Seat of Christ to assess what rewards we will receive for faithful service or the lack thereof.
11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. 1 Cor 3:11-15 (KJV)
10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad (worthless). 2 Cor 5:10 (KJV)
The reward Christ will give to his faithful servants will be very substantial and will last for eternity. The losses that Christians will suffer for an unfaithful life will be enormous and will be for eternity.
This concept of Rewards for faithful service is taught throughout the Holy Scriptures. I have heard some foolish Christians say, “All I want is to go to heaven, I am not interested in rewards.”
These Christians will suffer great regret at the Judgment Seat of Christ. In Greek it is called the “Bema seat”.
The Apostle Paul prior to his death made this triumphful statement:
6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. 2 Tim 4:6-8 (KJV)
Remember this eternal life is totally free by grace and through faith alone without any works, but rewards are based on our faithful properly motivated service and good works for the Lord.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Eph 2:8-10 (KJV)
You must closely study the Holy Scriptures to know what God considers good works. We may be deceived about what we believe to be good works in the sight of God.
In an article that I plan to write I mention two ways that God motivates us: 1) the stick, and 2) the carrot. The stick is God’s chastening which is mentioned in Hebrews 12 and the carrot is God’s reward which is mentioned in a number of places in Scripture.
5 My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: 6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? 10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Heb 12:5-11 (KJV)
Just like a good father, God would rather use the carrot than the stick.
Positive re-enforcements are generally more productive than negative re-enforcements.
Rev. Thomas L. Clark