†Thought for the Day #377
DO YOU OWN THE WORLD?
Romans 4:13 New American Standard Bible
For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would be heir of the world was not through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith.
†Our carnal instincts compel us to strive for excellence and perfection in our daily responsibilities.
Character and motive are often overlooked, even sacrificed, in our constant desire to excel in the eyes of others.† Pressures of everyday life and the expectation of our peers become the driving force in our search for approval and success.
While this may be an accepted standard for ungodly systems of the World, it certainly is not accepted by God. His personal covenant with Abraham guaranteed our ownership of a portion of this world.
Many believe that God's approval depends upon how hard we labor, the size of the project we choose to tackle and the quantity or quality of the end result. Actually He is more interested in the faith and righteousness that we maintain as we live for him than all the labor we could ever do in our own ability.
We must remember that God gives us the opportunity to prepare ourselves for the responsibilities of being an heir of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ our Lord and Redeemer.
Daily life with all of its perils and frustrations would be much easier to face if we would remember that the return of our Lord and King Jesus will instantly place us in a position of leadership over the kingdoms of this world.
It is hard for the average Christian to envision actually inheriting the world as their reward for righteous faithfulness in serving our Heavenly Father.† Our life on this earth today is a school of preparation for a great responsibilities and victories as we rule and reign over the nations when Jesus returns.
Rejoice!† Our trials and hardships lasts but for the time.† They too, shall pass and Abrahamís promised reward to all of his descendents shall rest upon those who have served our Lord in the righteous faith.
My dear heavenly father, help me to remember that you are far more interested in my righteous service through unwavering faith then you are in the sweat of my brow as I exhaust myself physically in your name.
Help me to learn your ways and walk in your righteousness without wavering.† Teach me how to walk in your strength and help me to learn that what I am is more important to you than what I do.† I pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Redeemer and coming King.† Amen.