For you know that it is from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. Christ is the Master whose bondservants you are.
For a Christian, if he was a slave when called, is the Lord's freed man, and in the same way a free man, if called, becomes the slave of Christ.
Be joyful and triumphant, because your reward is great in the Heavens; for so were the Prophets before you persecuted.
For if you love only those who love you, what reward have you earned? Do not even the tax-gatherers do that?
"But beware of doing your good actions in the sight of men, in order to attract their gaze; if you do, there is no reward for you with your Father who is in Heaven.
"And when praying, you must not be like the hypocrites. They are fond of standing and praying in the synagogues or at the corners of the wider streets, in order that men may see them. I solemnly tell you that they already have their reward.
"When any of you fast, never assume gloomy looks as the hypocrites do; for they disfigure their faces in order that it may be evident to men that they are fasting. I solemnly tell you that they already have their reward.
Every one who receives a prophet, because he is a prophet, will receive a prophet's reward, and every one who receives a righteous man, because he is a righteous man, will receive a righteous man's reward.
Nevertheless love your enemies, be beneficent; and lend without hoping for any repayment. Then your recompense shall be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.
and you will be blessed, because they have no means of requiting you, but there will be requital for you at the Resurrection of the righteous."
If a man wishes to be my servant, let him follow me; and where I am, there too shall my servant be. If a man wishes to be my servant, the Father will honour him.
"And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace. He is able to build you up and to give you your inheritance among His people.
Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an Apostle, set apart to proclaim God's Good News,
To each man He will make an award corresponding to his actions;
But in the case of a man who works, pay is not reckoned a favour but a debt;
and whoever in this way devotedly serves Christ, God takes pleasure in him, and men highly commend him.
Now in aim and purpose the planter and the waterer are one; and yet each will receive his own special reward, answering to his own special work.
And if I preach willingly, I receive my wages; but if against my will, a stewardship has nevertheless been entrusted to me.
For is it man's favour or God's that I aspire to? Or am I seeking to please men? If I were still a man-pleaser, I should not be Christ's bondservant.
Let it not be in acts of eye-service as if you had but to please men, but as Christ's bondservants who are doing God's will from the heart.
Let no one defraud you of your prize, priding himself on his humility and on his worship of the angels, and taking his stand on the visions he has seen, and idly puffed up with his unspiritual thoughts.
And because of this He is the negotiator of a new Covenant, in order that, since a life has been given in atonement for the offences committed under the first Covenant, those who have been called may receive the eternal inheritance which has been promised to them.
Therefore do not cast from you your confident hope, for it will receive a vast reward.
But where there is no faith it is impossible truly to please Him; for the man who draws near to God must believe that there is a God and that He proves Himself a rewarder of those who earnestly try to find Him.
Simon Peter, a bondservant and Apostle of Jesus Christ: To those to whom there has been allotted the same precious faith as that which is ours through the righteousness of our God and of our Saviour Jesus Christ.