REWARD AWAITS TO THOSE WHO ENDURE

PHILIPPIANS 4:3

PHILIPPIANS 4:3

Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.

REWARD

Christ Will Return:

The servant’s reward:

If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward.

Matthew 24:46 NLT

 A Day of Reward:

There are as many ways to look at the return of Jesus as there are opinions about how it will happen.…To the Romans, Paul calls is the “day of God’s wrath” (Romans 2:5).…In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul refers to it as the “day of the Lord” (1 Cor. 5:5). And in his second letter to the same church he calls it the “day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2).…To the Ephesians he calls it a “day of redemption” (Eph. 4:30). And he encourages the church of Philippi to stand strong until the “day of Christ Jesus” (Phil. 1:6). Jude doesn’t even try to describe it—he just calls it the “great Day” (Jude 1:6).

Each of these phrases suggests a unique and different view.…But there’s one I like the best. For followers of Jesus, it will be a day of reward.

James tells us, “God blesses the people who patiently endure testing. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him: (James 1:12).…In his second letter to Timothy [Paul says], “Now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness that the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that great day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his glorious return” (4:8).

But it is Jesus himself who puts it best: “Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven” (Matt. 5:12). As Christians, we have a lot to look forward to!

Amen

WHAT KEEPS YOU GOING?

Father, You Always Said…

What keeps you going?

Your words are what sustain me. They bring me great joy and are my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, O Lord God Almighty.

Jeremiah 15:16 NLT

I will write down these things as a testimony of what the Lord will do. I will entrust it to my disciples, who will pass it down to future generations.

Isaiah 8:16 NLT

For I have stayed in God’s paths; I have followed his ways and not turned aside. I have not departed from his commands but have treasured his word in my heart.

Job 23:11-12 NLT

Amen

ISRAEL REJOICE

REFLECTION

 

Morning

“Let Israel rejoice in him.”
Psalm 149:2

Be glad of heart, O believer, but take care that thy gladness has its spring in the Lord. Thou hast much cause for gladness in thy God, for thou canst sing with David, “God, my exceeding joy.” Be glad that the Lord reigneth, that Jehovah is King! Rejoice that he sits upon the throne, and ruleth all things! Every attribute of God should become a fresh ray in the sunlight of our gladness. That he is wise should make us glad, knowing as we do our own foolishness. That he is mighty, should cause us to rejoice who tremble at our weakness. That he is everlasting, should always be a theme of joy when we know that we wither as the grass. That he is unchanging, should perpetually yield us a song, since we change every hour. That he is full of grace, that he is overflowing with it, and that this grace in covenant he has given to us; that it is ours to cleanse us, ours to keep us, ours to sanctify us, ours to perfect us, ours to bring us to glory–all this should tend to make us glad in him. This gladness in God is as a deep river; we have only as yet touched its brink, we know a little of its clear sweet, heavenly streams, but onward the depth is greater, and the current more impetuous in its joy. The Christian feels that he may delight himself not only in what God is, but also in all that God has done in the past. The Psalms show us that God’s people in olden times were wont to think much of God’s actions, and to have a song concerning each of them. So let God’s people now rehearse the deeds of the Lord! Let them tell of his mighty acts, and “sing unto the Lord, for he hath triumphed gloriously.” Nor let them ever cease to sing, for as new mercies flow to them day by day, so should their gladness in the Lord’s loving acts in providence and in grace show itself in continued thanksgiving. Be glad ye children of Zion and rejoice in the Lord your God.