The Tribunal of Christ has nothing to do with salvation, nor with punishment - that was all taken care of at the cross. Nor does it have to do with what I as a Christian can do for God. God does not need anything I can do. Rewards will be based on the fruit that I have allowed the Holy Spirit to produce through my life here on earth, as I by faith in His promises, have abided in fellowship with Him. I cannot compare heavenly rewards with earthly rewards, but I need to understand that they will somehow affect the quality of my life in eternity. A Christian should not conclude that the Rewards Ceremony is unimportant because there is no associated punishment. If God says it’s important, it is!