Thoughts for the Day # 223
Matthew ††† The Holy Bible, King James Version
29And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my nameís sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.
Our natural human reasoning often robs us of the bountiful blessings of Almighty God.†
It is so easy for us to rationalize every situation according to our natural understanding and intellect.† We look at many situations that seem so unjust.† Our instinct instantly evaluates the cost of any given situation, and then makes judgment based on the value of the cost.† Is it worth it, we ask?†
As people of God, we must look beyond human reasoning and intellectual understanding.† Our goal is set far beyond the limitations of our natural comprehension.† We must remember that our reward will come as a result of faithfulness unto God. It is not dependent upon the response of either friend or enemy.†
Sometimes our commitment to the Heavenly Father may cost us things that are very close to our hearts.† More than one person, who has been set apart by the Holy Spirit to serve God, has found themselves losing relationships that are very precious.
In spite of all the directives we find in the Scriptures concerning our relationship with family, friends, even our enemies, we must remember that our allegiance and faithfulness to the Heavenly Father takes priority over everything else.
This great covenant promise given unto us by the Lord Jesus Christ, is of great value.†
When misunderstanding and rejection comes our way because of our allegiance to God, we need not be discouraged.† Our Lord and Redeemer understands the cost and the pain of such circumstances.†
He declares that everyone who has been required to choose between very precious relationships or possessions and being faithful to the call of God, will be rewarded an hundred fold. That means 100 times the cost that we have endured.†
Our loss should be looked upon as an investment in the perfect increase and blessing of God already reserved for his people.† Rejoice and be glad. The cost is but a small thing compared to the beauty of Godís perfect reward.
My Heavenly Father, my heart aches because of rejection and ridicule that I bear as I serve you.† Sometimes I resent it. †I find myself questioning the cost that I am forced to pay for being loyal to you.† Please forgive me and help me to remember the great reward that awaits me.† You really are more important to me than anything else.† Help me to stay faithful.† I pray in the name of Jesus, my Lord and Redeemer.† Amen.†