GETTING THE MOST FROM GOD'S WORD:

"Do NOT labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting LIFE..." - The Gospel of John 6:27 (NKJV)
A systematic and daily reading of the Word of God is important in maintaining a strong Christian life. Establish a daily quiet time with God and His Word. Pray that the Holy Spirit will help you understand what you read. By following our daily Bible reading schedule through this blog, you will be able to read the Bible through in a year. Please note that you may utilize the ‘BIBLE READER’ app that is installed at the bottom of this webpage to assist you in reading the specified scripture portion for today.

To get the MOST from God's Word, please do the following intentionally:
1. REQUEST God to connect with you as you read the word of God with FOCUS and OPENNESS to see what God wants to speak with you.
2. READ the selected sections of Scripture slowly as you mark the words and phrases that intrigue you, even reading them the second time to get a better understanding.
3. REFLECT on what God is communicating to you; stopping long enough to let the seed of God's Word take root in your heart.
4. RESPOND to the passage speaking directly to God about what is in your heart, and then look out for ways to live out what you find - individually, and to others within your church and elsewhere.

As you read and meditate, ask yourself the following three questions:
a) What is God speaking to me through this passage?
b) Is there a command, a promise or a warning for me?
c) Is there an example for me to follow?

Please POST your comments below if there is a thought or message that the Lord has spoken to you through the passage that you are reading and meditating today. Please make sure that your post is aligned to the scripture passage mentioned at the header. All comments should pertain to the relevant scripture portions only, and should be aimed to glorify God (the true author of 'The Bible') & edify everyone who visits this blog site daily - both young and old. May God bless you abundantly for encouraging others through your comments!

Let's PRAY...
LORD, give me the desire to take a little time out of my busy schedule today as I read and meditate on Your Word. Give me this day MY DAILY BREAD. Speak to me clearly & lead me today as my Good Shepherd. Help me to be a blessing to others who interact with me as I attempt to be a living witness of Your Word today. In Your Name I pray, AMEN.

Monday, December 14, 2015

GOD is not UNJUST to FORGET our LABOR of LOVE

GOD is not UNJUST to FORGET our LABOR of LOVE

December 14 Bible Reading: Hebrews Chapters 4-6

"For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister." (Heb. 6:10)

The writer of Hebrews draws our attention to a very important attribute of God that makes it worthwhile to serve Him faithfully on this earth even though we are not getting the adequate credit or, appreciation or, reward from the people that we serve in the ministry. It is highly likely that people will take our service for granted and forget to either recognize or, thank us for our service!

When the Old Testament patriarch Joseph was thrown into a prison cell being falsely charged with a crime that he had never committed, he encountered the chief butler of Pharaoh in the prison and interpreted his dream for him (see Gen. 40:9-13). After interpreting the dream of the chief butler, Joseph made the following request to him: "But remember me when it is well with you, and please show kindness to me; make mention of me to Pharaoh, and get me out of this house. For indeed I was stolen away from the land of the Hebrews; and also I have done nothing here that they should put me into the dungeon" (Gen. 40: 14-15). Even though the chief butler was reinstated in his position, this is written about him: "Yet the chief butler did not remember Joseph, but forgot him" (Gen. 40:23). It was only after two years that God gave a dream to Pharaoh, which caused the chief butler to remember Joseph that started his rise to honor and power in the Egyptian land (Gen. 41:1-45). God was not unjust to forget Joseph’s labor of love and God rewarded him accordingly!

As we serve God faithfully in this world, our work and our labor of love are manifest in our lives every day. Our faith manifests itself in a life of good works, which displays active love for the household of faith. We should continue to serve the people of God not to expect a reward, but as an output of our thankfulness for what God has already done for us. We should be confident in this fact that God will never forget our work or the labor of love that we do in His name. God takes note of our commendable Christian conduct and will justly reward us for them. One day in the near future, we can be sure that we will receive a reward from God directly for all the good that we have done!

Let us never forget that we have a just, loving God who will show His appreciation for our faithful acts of service. Therefore, let us persevere in our labor of love that we do for God’s sake among His people. Let us remain faithful to our upward call from God while we wait patiently for Him to fulfill His promises to us regarding our future reward and inheritance.

"Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad." (2 Cor. 5:9-10)

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