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Th'ot for Thursday

February 14, 2019

 

In our U.S. military branches, a special medal is reserved for & awarded to those who have taken acts of valor in battle… personal acts of valor that go above & beyond the normal call of duty. It is the highest military honor in the United States of America & is only awarded to a soldier/military personnel by the current United States president, in the name of Congress. This medal of course, is the  Medal of Honor.

This is no regular medal/honor that’s given lightly. It is a great honor to those who have answered the call to not only their duty, but also to the safety & life of their fellow soldiers and/or a heroic deed against the enemy.

As I think about this, it intrigues me that when scripture says the words “well done, my good & faithful servant”, that it’ll will be said in our presence one day. But, it will only be said of those who went above & beyond the call of  what much of our world thinks a Christian is.

 

I am fearful that many of those who call themselves Christian, really don’t realize what they have been “called to”, if they really a Christian. My fear is that many, if they truly are saved… are leaning on the fact that heaven is theirs, though they may have simply received Christ & are “sitting comfortable in the call”, but not “stepping up to the call”!  A Christian in heart, will learn in their spiritual walk, that they are called to seek, accept & step out where God calls them, to live for Him… no matter the cost to their own comfort in this life.  I am truly amazed by how we have been duped into the lie that we are here to “grab all we can get here”, before we join Him in heaven. SIMPLY NOT THE PLAN!

 

It is very clear in His word that all that we build, accrue, amass & save of our worldly things & efforts, will one day be “tried by fire”. Tried to be determined if it was of eternal value or worldly value. (And, even the material things God blesses us with here – that we use for His glory will burn too!)    Check out the following scripture spoken & written by Paul:

“By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 14 If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.”  1 Corinthians 3:15

 

Don’t miss the message here my friends.  If you’re not striving to “go all out for Jesus”, but sitting comfortable until you reach heaven… or ‘ya just can’t be bothered right now in life- then you’re pretty much in the category of those whose salvation with lead them into heaven, but there is NO (potential) CHANCE you will receive all the rewards God wants to give you when you get there.

 

And I can’t say for sure… if you will hear the words “my good & faithful servant”. It seems to me that those words from God, are for those who’ve sought out serving our God. Those who’ve “stretched out” to be more for Him here… going above the norm & living that life” with/for Him so actively – there’s no question from anyone here on earth as to whether you are one of His. I’m not talking giving to pressure… but a hearts’ desire to “well done”!

 

Similar to the “Medal of Honor” is reserved for those who have gone above & beyond in their service to their fellow soldiers and/or the nation they fight for… it is my belief that the ones who are active & willing to do all the LORD calls them to- will be the ones those words or the rewards available to them will be received.

 

Colossians 3:23 ESV      Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,…”

 

Revelation 2:10 ESV  

“Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.”

 

Matthew 25:21 ESV

“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.”

 

Hang tough, be in the battle & seek to hear those “honorable” words from our Lord & Savior!

Love you all!

Pastor Brad