How we see God is so critical to our Christian walk. God is good (Psalm 34: 8, Psalm 145:9) and God is love (1 John 4: 8, 1 John 4: 16), these are just two of the many attributes of our loving father.
We need the eyes of our understanding to be enlightened to know who God really is. We need revelation knowledge (Ephesians 1: 18) to perceive and know our father.
Having said that, if you had a good earthly father and he told you to do something would you do it? If you have a good father, you will know that whatever he instructs you to do, is either for your own good, or for the good of others.
The same can be said for our God. However, because God formed us (Isaiah 44: 24, Jeremiah 1:5), He knows what we can do with His grace and help. In addition to that, the Lord loves the world and wants us to bring men back unto Himself (2 Corinthians 5: 18). The Lord has a great reward system that lasts for eternity.
What is so good about our God is that, He forms us for a purpose, once we align ourselves with it, He still rewards us for being faithful for doing what He formed us to do.
The same applies to those that suffer for righteousness sake. Being persecuted for doing the His will or standing for what is true in His sight?
Let’s have a look at these scriptures:
Revelation 7: 13- 17
And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.
They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.
For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
1 Corinthians 3: 8
Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
This scripture in the book of Revelation reveals one reward that the twelve disciples that walked with Jesus received.
Revelation 21: 10 - 14
And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;
And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.
And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
The wall of the heavenly city for eternity has the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb!. WOW!!
Having a look at the above, is a temporary discomfort worth forfeiting an eternal reward? What is the Lord requiring of you? We need to know the Lord and know His heart. Everything we can see is temporal, but the things of the spirit are eternal. Is the temporal worth forfeiting the eternal?
Let’s get to learn of the Lord and obey His instructions and leadings. For in doing so, not only will we bring pleasure to the Lord, we will also have a great reward!
Sacrifice is a step beyond convenience. Bill Johnson