Looking to the reward of Christ

Heb. 11:26

26Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.

In other words he was looking to the Heavenly reward……..

Now is the time to once again start ‘looking to the reward’ and lay aside all other pursuits. In the original Greek the word apoblepo is translated ‘looking’. What apoblepo literally means is to ‘look away from everything else’. What are you looking for today? As for me by the grace of God I am ‘looking to the reward’ that is being laid up for me. It will be greater than all the riches this world has to offer.

I rarely find anyone in the Church in the West willing to suffer or sacrifice in this life as a follower of Christ. Instead we have our gaze set upon all God wants to give us and are blind to the millions and millions of souls right outside our doors who will die without ever knowing Him as their Savior.

Multitudes in the Church today I fear have settled for the ease, comfort and securities of this present world system rather than ‘looking to the reward’ of all God has promised us. Let us live for HIM..

I can only imagine what awesome and mighty things God might do with a few who would willingly choose to suffer rejection and insult from this modern self-consumed Church because they ‘refuse’ to be identified with this world. Moses refused to be identified as the son of Pharoah’s daughter, but rather chose to endure the afflictions of the righteous than be named with the godless. Where are those who have had such a radical encounter with God they cannot continue to live the same? Where are those who refuse to accept and partake of the delicacies of this world, but hunger and thirst for righteousness? God is calling out His remnant…..

it is easier to just not get involved…. It is cheaper to not pay attention to the needy… It cost less to look the other way…. But for Heavens sake STOP using your Theology to justify your apathy… No where does the Bible absolve us from responsibility to those around us….. Blessings friends…

The most important thing is to get people saved and that is why at every feeding program or other need we do, we give the people the message of the cross and an invitation to receive Christ. At the same time, I do not know any starving 4 yr old child who has made the choice to be lost… So it is imperative we continue reaching out and feeding them also. Both aspects are needed.

It is not wrong but rather right to help the poor. Just do not trust in your works for righteousness. But we all need to be doing what the Holy Spirit lays on our hearts to do. If you say the Holy Spirit doesn’t lead you to help feed hungry people; I have to believe you just can’t hear His voice. True faith will work… Thats all there is too it….

In the weeks and months to come I am going to be dealing with this alot more.. God is calling His chosen remnant to rise up and make a difference in this world and win souls to Christ; and that will also include caring for the physical needs of the poor..

James 2: 14-17 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?

If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,

And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?

Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

The kind of faith that saves is the faith that will produce good works through the life of the believer..

God bless friends…..

Matthew 25:34-46

34Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

35For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

36Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

37Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

38When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

39Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

40And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

41Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

42For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:

43I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

44Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

45Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

46And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.