Earning Your Rewards refers to the rewards that you receive from God at Judgment; yours will depend on the expectations you have and the amount of effort you put forth to achieve them; Proverbs 24:14 KJV is where you begin to learn about rewards:
So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.
Having expectations and working towards them shows the knowledge of wisdom with you. And with wisdom becoming part of your soul, expectations cannot be cut off; 1 Corinthians 3:8 KJV is where God uses cultivation to illustrate this:
Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
Of course you are the one planting and watering for you are the one responsible for the rewards you receive. Do you recognize God’s use of planting and watering as labor?
In 2 Peter 2:13 (KJV) God tells you about a reward He has in store for certain ones of His children, the ones that believe in something for nothing rewards. Their reward is the “reward of unrighteousness”. Making no attempt to please God He assigns them the name “spots”, “spots” because they exist for a single purpose…To get you to feast with them:
And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;
With “spots” working you over, staying focused becomes a top priority. Their single purpose is to show God that you have joined them; staying focused avoids any appearance of that happening.
Having worthwhile expectations is required, especially when it comes to determining and cultivating rewards you seek. Matthew 5:46 (KJV) shows the love portion of obtaining rewards playing a significant role:
For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
Loving those who love you takes no effort and here God is telling you how important it is to love all His children, including those who hate you. Matthew 5:44 (KJV) addresses those who know not the first thing about love:
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
God looks forward to you showing them love; He expects you to listen to them and to pay attention to them. But while expecting you to love them, He in no way expects you to roll over and play dead. No one is to take advantage of Him or you.
You must remember that God also has expectations; He expects you to include Him and to make an effort