... Yes, says the Spirit, they are blessed indeed, for they will rest from their labors; for their good deeds follow them!”
(Revelation 14:13b NASB)
The voice in the book of Revelation tells us that the good deeds in this life follow us into the next. A good deed is like a point of light created in the universe, it continues to shine through eons of time.
Of course we know that our right standing with God is not dependent on weighing our good works against our bad. It is a free gift. But the Bible does speak about eternal rewards. In 2 Corinthians 5: 10 (NASB) it says, “...so that one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” There is a day coming where God will set the record straight and rewards will be given based on divine justice.
Yes, it does seem like in this world that the righteous sometimes seem to end up on the short end of the stick. In Psalms 73 the psalmist seems to get tripped up a bit about this. He laments over the prosperity of the wicked and the chastisement of the innocent, until he sees the big picture, “Then I perceived their end” (v7b). There is a day of reckoning approaching when God will judge our actions based on the thoughts and the intentions of our hearts. Then all those with servant hearts will receive their imperishable crowns.
There is one difference between the luminosity created in the universe and the glow of God's approval. Physical illumination from the moment of creation starts to dim, but God's luminescence never diminishes. So look up my dear servants of Christ and see your good deeds as never-ending points of light.
Ken Barnes, the author of “The Chicken Farm and Other Sacred Places” YWAM Publishing