The unending joy!

For I have given rest to the weary and joy to the sorrowing. Jeremiah 31:25

The unending joy is coming, wait; don’t give up!

There is no greater rest than the rest that comes when God convinces us after we had gone thru’ all regrets, questioning, remorse and turmoil.

God’s eyes are indeed on the righteous eager to give them rest and refresh their spirits as they go thru’ hardship.

There is none compassionate to forgive us and passionate to restore us like our God. He values us precious even when we lost it all and no one wants us.

Every time God picks us from weariness and give rest, every time God picks us from sorrowfulness and gives us joy – it’s only a shadow of the greater rest and joy that awaits in our Home.

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3

Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you”. Isaiah 35:4

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The great exchange!

Then Peter began to speak up. “We’ve given up everything to follow you,” he said.

“Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life. Mark 10:28-30

The moment we decide to follow Christ (meaning – obedience to His Spirit and His written Word after knowing and understanding it) we will be tremedously blessed, but note we will also be persecuted “… along with persecution”.

Our mere decision to follow Christ Jesus, immediately draws the line and seperates us from this world, its pleasure and people pleasing. Now more importantly the devil hate us more than ever!

Knowing this truth is a relief! So you don’t fuss or fear. You will praise God whether you’re blessed or persecuted. You will thank God whether you lose it or gain it. You love people whether they hate you or love you. You still hope for greater glory whether door opens or closes. End of the day, you will simply say, “the Lord is good!” and be satisfied.

No matter what you go thru’ – a ridiculous blessing and/or a persecution; peace and eternal life is yours! There is no greater blessing than serving our Lord Jesus Christ.

God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. Matthew 5:10

The righteous person faces many troubles, but the LORD comes to the rescue each time. Psalm 34:19

But the LORD will redeem those who serve him. No one who takes refuge in him will be condemned. Psalm 34:22

The way to abundance

To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. Matthew 25:29

“To those who use well what they are given” –  here the Lord’s parable points to those who are being a good steward.

It would be a great remainder to read the definition of steward – “a person who manages another’s property or financial affairs”. On contrary, we often use the phrase “being a good steward of money” to express money well spent or saved for our personal gain – which is incorrect. Rather, it should be money well spent or saved for the gain of the person it belongs to – that’s stewardship.

The one mandatory thing a child of God ought to know is nothing he has belongs to him, rather it is all ‘given’ to him by the Lord to be a good steward of it while it still belongs to the Lord. This means all the relationships in family/Church/community/work, our job, home, cars, investments – nothing belong to us, but we are in-charge to be the good steward of each one of these blessings.

For instance, the mortgage I’m paying is not for “my home” but for the home that Lord gave me to live in.

Knowing this truth reduces a lot of stress off us, but put us solely responsible on how we handle each one of these to produce fruit for the Lord and we live the abundant life.

Let’s rightly apply this good stewardship in leading others to Christ strongly and all that He entrusted to us.

Lord Jesus Christ Himself is a powerful example of such stewardship of what belongs to God the Father.

those the Father has given me will come to me, …to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will. And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me…” John 6:37-39

It is a joy therefore to serve those whom God gave, it doesn’t matter whether they realize it or not.