the ultimate reward

For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. For I am hard pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. –Philippians 1:21-23, NKJV

 

Our lives, if we let the Spirit truly direct it, have two advantages. One is while we’re still alive and if we’re living in God’s holiness, righteousness, and living out His words and commandments, we can do more things for the Lord. Second is that after living according to His will and word, we then have the chance, finally, to be with the Lord. I think the greatest reward we could ever receive is to be finally with the One who created us. Be with the One who has forever truly loved and known us, since the beginning of time. Be with the One who has called us, though we haven’t seen Him, but because we live by faith, we know Him, we love Him. We believe Him whom we haven’t seen. That’s the ultimate reward we could ever have. To meet Him finally.

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don’t be idle

Keep your mind clear, and be alert. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion as he looks for someone to devour.

~1 Peter 5:8-9, GW~

 

warriorThere’s a difference between a clear mind and an empty mind. The first is to de-clutter one’s mind of unhelpful things, of hindrances and nuances; the latter is just empty, stagnant– a mind in plateau.

If I keep on resting, I might keep my guard down, and there the enemy can attack me. “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.” So I must always do things to keep my mind working.

We can rest our mind from a hard day’s work, but we must not forget that the enemy is just around us, waiting for us to be “at ease” — a time for him to destroy us with his mind attacks. If we want rest, let us rest in God’s presence, where righteousness and grace reign.

 

Be firm in the faith and resist him, knowing that other believers throughout the world are going through the same kind of suffering. God, who shows you his kindness [grace] and who has called you through Christ Jesus to his eternal glory, will restore you, strengthen you, make you strong, and support you as you suffer for a little while. Power belongs to him forever. Amen. (vv. 9-11)