What do I get anyway?

God created heaven with amazing blessings. Yes, I said bountiful. God made streets of gold, foundations of precious stones, a sea of glass, trees with good fruit. The place is nice. When I was younger, I would always ask, “What are we going to do?” Because honestly, as a kid, I wasn’t impressed with golden streets, I wanted toys and things to play with. I thought I’d be bored.

Just like I did, you might ask, what do I get? I’m serving God. I’m doing His will. What do I get? Yeah, it’s a selfish way to think, but I’m sure we have all been there. What do we get? I mean, even though we know we don’t deserve a piece of the pie, we still want it anyway. We want to know what’s coming to us.

Well, my fellow Christian, let me give you a hint. In Genesis 15, Abraham is talking to God after he refused to take the riches that the king of Sodom offered him. When Abraham refused, God came to Abraham and told him. “Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.” – Genesis 15:1

I want you to think about this. We are heirs of Abraham. God calls us friends just like he called Abraham His friend.

Let’s realize one more thing. Christ died for us. Christ’s reward for dying for us is us.

Abraham’s reward is God, and we are heirs of Abraham.

So our reward is God, and Christ’s reward is us.

Isn’t that beautiful? When you became a Christian and surrendered your life to Christ, you accepted a reward. A great reward. An exceeding great reward. Fellowship with God for all eternity is your reward for following God.

So maybe I was wrong in my previous post. We do get a piece of the pie. We get the whole pie. God presence and friendship is ours to cherish forever.

Isn’t that the sweetest blessing?

 

 

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You don’t have a piece of the pie

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression, I’m gonna get my piece of the pie. But do we really deserve a piece of the pie?

What is the foremost commandment in the Bible?

“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.” – Mark 12:25

Let’s think about pie charts. We’ve got whole, one-half, one-third, one-fourth, and so on. So what does God deserve? What part of our lives should we give to God and what part should we reserve to ourselves?

I think it’s clear. God deserves all that we have to give Him. If we are honest with ourselves, we will find that we have not committed our lives to Christ the way we should. Many times, Christians (including us) want to serve God, but also have one eye looking out for ourselves.

WE want to enjoy OURSELVES.

WE want to have fun.

WE want what WE want.

Friends, we need to stop looking our for ourselves and what we want. It’s time to change our thinking and look out for number one- the real number one. I challenge you, commit your whole self to God. Don’t hold back any part of your life. Don’t hold back.

Exercise yourself unto diligence. Forget about your piece of the pie. You will find yourself blessed in more ways than you could have imagined. God blesses those who honor Him. Won’t you put Him first in your life today?

“Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.” – Psalm 119:2

Giving God your all isn’t just in your best interest. It’s what God deserves.