“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.”  (2 Corinthians 5:10, NIV)

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Dictionary.com defines compensation as “something given or received as an equivalent for services, debt, loss, injury, suffering, lack, etc.; indemnity.” It is the key to performance in most businesses. Pay too little and employees leave or under-perform. Pay too much and the business suffers. What is the right mixture of motivation and incentive? Sometimes the question is so complicated we have to turn to the experts to sort it out. Above all, we try to be fair – fair to the employee and fair to the business.

God is interested in compensation too. Jesus Christ is the ultimate judge of proper compensation for our behavior. Our entire lives will be revealed, made plain before the Judge. That thought makes me uneasy. There are many things in my life that I don’t want revealed. I’m guilty of countless selfish acts. Someday I will stand before Jesus and be asked to give an account for those things. When God asks me to account for what’s fair, I am going to come up short.

What could save us from the punishment we deserve as we stand before God and His judgment? There is no way to balance the scales in our favor. God expects perfection. “Be holy as I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:16, NIV) We just don’t measure up. There is only one hope – Jesus!

The day we stand before Him and give our account, we must have the faith and confidence that, even though we do not deserve mercy, mercy will be given. Why? Because we have turned our lives over to His reign. We belong to Him. On that day He will say, “Yes, this one is mine. I have paid the price for him (her).”

God knows that compensation counts. We are to always keep that in mind. Our compensation is not about earning His good will. It is about thanking Him for granting us His mercy.


Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!


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4 Comments on “FAIR COMPENSATION!”

  1. garden2day Says:

    Holy grace… 🙂 What would we do without it? Take care and I hope your week is wonderful! 😀


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