Saturday, May 11, 2013

Sacrifice and Reward

I've been attending to family matters, which is the reason for the relative lack of activity on the blog. What is so very obvious in this season is how judgment is upon the church and the world and that those under judgement remain oblivious to it.

Hold fast to the promises the Lord has made because they are sure. Do not let your faith be shaken by what is now or what you know is shortly coming.

For those of you who are in this season finding yourselves cleaving to the Lord and thereby experiencing the continued loss of what had formerly been held dear, take comfort in the Lord's faithful promise.

27 Then Peter said to Him, “Behold, we have left everything and followed You; what then will there be for us?” 28 And Jesus said to them, “Truly I say to you, that you who have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on His glorious throne, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for My name’s sake, will receive many times as much, and will inherit eternal life. 30 But many who are first will be last; and the last, first. ~ Matthew 19:27-30

What has been and is being sacrificed for following the Lord's direction represents a huge trade up. We've been so undersold on the reward that's due. Those of you who have had a revelation of this know what I'm referring to. What is being sacrificed does have legitimate value, and the perceived loss is real and not typically subject to being discounted, so I don't mean to minimize that, but it simply doesn't compare to what is purchased through those acts of willing sacrifice. When the Lord asks for a thing, trust Him for it. He's good! Treasure is laid up, for when we enter into our reward in another body and also there are purchased benefits of provision and offers of opting in to privileged missions. Unto whom much is given, much is demanded, and there is also much favor exhibited when the Lord is provided with a good return on His investments!

Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. 3 For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. ~ Colossians 3:1-4

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