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About-Him.Com Devotional 04-11-2015
Thoughts on the Promises of God:
Promises to the Faithful and the Unfaithful
Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.
No doubt you have been to some business and noticed a picture of an employee who is being honored for their faithful service. That person may also be given a special parking space for the next month.
I suppose that the criteria for picking such an employee would be that: They showed up for work on time every day. They never took a day off, just because they didn’t feel like showing up. They showed up when there was ice on the ground and when the temperatures were sweltering. They didn’t waste the employer’s resources and were diligent in fulfilling their job requirements. Once they received necessary instructions, they were capable of working without supervision.
We have a heavenly employer and His expectations of us are not much different than those of our earthly employers. He also has promised a reward to those who are faithful, not for just a month but for all eternity. He doesn’t lie and He has never failed to keep His promises.
When Jesus returns, He will single out those who have been faithful in their service to Him, even in the face of tribulation and persecution. Even the smallest of tasks will be rewarded (Mt. 10:42). They will have special status and He will call them blessed. They will rule and reign with Him (Mt. 19:38; Lu. 22:30).
Matthew 24:46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. 47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
Jesus has also promised a reward to the unfaithful servants who no longer expected His return and who were living a hypocritical life. These would be rewarded with weeping and gnashing of teeth (Mt. 24:48-51).
We may feel that we chose to serve Jesus, but He stated that it was just the opposite; He chose us and He gave us all job assignments, simply as fruit gatherers. If we are faithful in this duty, we have the assurance that our requests for help will be heard by our heavenly Father.
John 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
Jesus told us to expect hardship and difficulties as we labor for Him (Mk. 13:13), but we are not to fear. He takes notice of the little sparrows and has the hairs of our heads numbered.
Luke 12:7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.
We don’t all the same gifts and abilities, but we are expected to use what we have. This is illustrated in the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25. Three men were given large sums of their master’s money which they were expected to invest while he was away. This they did and two of them doubled what they had been given and were rewarded handsomely.
Matthew 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
A third man received a lesser amount and he buried that which he had been entrusted with, when he could at least have put it in the bank and collected interest. Jesus referred to him as a wicked and slothful servant (Mt. 25:24-28).
Obviously the parable of the talents is referring to the return of Jesus, who has told us that He would return when we least expect it and He will reward us at that time, whether it be for good or not so good.
Revelation 3:11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
Revelation 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward [is] with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
As we are awaiting for our Lord’s return we have two choices, we can cater to the whims of our earthly life or we can labor for His kingdom, expecting an eternal reward of life eternal with Him in heaven. The choice is up to us.
Mark 8:35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.
John 12:25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.
The apostolic writers of the bible who all suffered hardship or martyrdom all expressed a confidence in the promises of God that He would reward the faithful with the promised crown of glory and righteousness.
2Timothy 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
James 1:12 Blessed [is] the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
1Peter 5:4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
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