Everyone in the fifth-grade classroom fell silent as Mrs. Brown made her announcement. Mrs. Brown explained that she was going to be taking a two-week vacation. Sometime during that vacation – no one knew when – Mrs. Brown was going to walk into the classroom and make a surprise inspection. The student who had the cleanest desk was going to receive a brand-new twenty-dollar bill.
Brad’s heart fell when he heard about the contest. He was the least organized person in the entire school. His desk always looked like a tornado had come through and scattered scrap paper, eraser shavings, and pencils everywhere. Old notebook paper and potato chips were stuffed into his desk’s drawers. If he was going to win that money, then he had a lot of work ahead of him.
He thought hard about how to win that twenty dollars. If he cleaned his desk every morning, then it would be a mess by the afternoon, and if Mrs. Brown chose to show up in the middle of the day, he’d lose for sure. Brad’s eyes narrowed with determination. There was only one way to win that prize. He had to keep his desk clean all of the time.
While most of us aren’t waiting for the return of a school teacher to give us money (although that would be nice!), we should be on the lookout for the return of Someone much more important with much more important rewards. No one knows the day or the hour of that Someone’s appearance. Are you ready for that Someone’s return? Are you ready for the rapture?
One day the rapture will happen, and Jesus will call all who are saved to heaven. There, we’ll be rewarded for our conduct on this earth. In heaven, we’ll gain or lose rewards based on the decisions that we make right now. Just as Brad needed to keep his desk clean in order to win that prize money, so we need to keep our lives pure and in order to receive eternal rewards that will never rot or fade away.
Have you let sins and temptations clutter your life? It’s never too late to confess your sins, ask for forgiveness and begin cleaning up the mess. When our Savior returns for us, you’ll be glad that you did. The rewards that He’ll give will be worth so much more than a mere twenty-dollar bill.
Devotional by Pastor C.J. Armstrong