Meditation for 10/07/2019
“Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (1st Corinthians15:58)
Hold on, persevere, be faithful to the trust put in you, have courage—-these entail Paul’s directive as surely for our day as for the Corinthians. In this firmness of intent for the Lord’s work, one can be sure God’s blessings will come.
Hope concerning the future victory of Christ, with the abolishing of death and the establishing of God’s kingdom, encourages faithfulness. Such hope makes possible unmovable steadfastness of character and joyful abandon to the work of the Lord. After all, faithful labor has promise of eternal reward.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, we are to remain steadfast in our faith, letting nothing move us from the task we have been given, and let our work be an example of the model that our Lord Jesus Christ set for us. Our work is never is vain, when we are laboring for the Lord. Let our words and actions be a witness to all around us of Who we serve and why we serve Him. For it is in Jesus’ precious name. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Crowd pleaser or Christ pleaser…what do you want your tombstone to say?”
“Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering. Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. You sympathized with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions.” (Hebrews10:32–34)
Suffering because we are Christians may tempt us to forsake our faith. Memory of past experiences can give us courage to face present persecution. Christian endurance is never complete until our Master returns. We can trust Him. His reward justifies all the suffering we must endure. Beloved, the knowledge of eternal reward encourages faithful endurance of opposition and persecution. Personal suffering and public shame, sympathy with others who suffer, and loss of possessions are bearable when set against the bright prospect of the heavenly possessions awaiting those who are faithful. Clear enough.
Last Things, Encourages Faithfulness: (Matthew2:14–30)
All people have skills, talents, and possessions entrusted to them by God. Our responsibility is to use these in manners that will accomplish God’s purposes. No one is responsible for the way others use their gifts. We are responsible for the proper use of our own gifts. By use of these parables, Jesus taught the need for faithfulness in service during the time prior to His return. He expects faithfulness in proportion to ability. He will reward faithfulness and punish unfaithfulness. His return will bring a time of accountability.
Second Thought of the Day:
“Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully.” (2nd John 1:8)
John issued an earnest plea that Christians guard themselves against sin and the consequent loss of rewards. The fact that rewards worked for can be lost promotes faithfulness.
Continuance in the faith and in obedience to Christ’s commands gains a full reward. As previously stated, expectations of us are that we will maintain our faithfulness in all situations and at all times. Are you prepared for His return?