Memorize: “Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee” (Mark 10:28).
Devotional Reading: Mark 10:28-38
Faithfulness is what God looks for in the life of his children to reward them for their labour. Reward is always expected for any labour done. Workers engaged by any organisation are expected to earn wages monthly or weekly as the case may be. The kingdom of God is no exception.
In our devotional reading for today, Peter asked a profound question from the Lord “what would be the benefits of those who had forsaken all to follow Him.” In response, Jesus said in vs 29&30, such people who left all to follow Him, who labour for Him, will receive a hundred fold here and hereafter, eternal life. And as their journey to Jerusalem continued, He told them what would happen to Him. It made His disciples sorrowful, wondering how all these things would affect them. In the midst of it all came James and John requesting for special positions in the coming Kingdom.
As we look at the world today and efforts being made in many areas of life, no doubt, many have excelled in science, sports, academics, politics, business, ministry and so on. These great strides have lifted mankind from base status to modernity and turned the world into a global village. However, it is worthy of note that these achievements, rewards, fame and accolades will all end here on earth, but the efforts we make in things of God and moving the kingdom of God forward is what will remain, it will be rewarded here on earth and in heaven.
The labour of love rendered to God by His children are “profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come” (1 Timothy 4:8). As we heed the call not to labour for the meat which perishes, but for that which endures unto eternal life, we need to examine the content of our daily labours. Our secular works are good and profitable to us on earth but must not constitute hindrance towards the work of the Kingdom. Like the house of Stephanas that addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints, every believer should strive to do something significant for Christ and His kingdom. God is the rewarder of those that diligently seek Him.
Have you laboured for God and now getting discouraged? Do you have a feeling that your efforts are not recognised or appreciated? Rise up and be encouraged, God has not forgotten you, He is not a user, He rewards faithful service, He will reward you.
I pray for you today, that as you work and do the will of God here on earth, every need in your life will be attended to by the great rewarder in Jesus name. You will not miss your reward in the mighty name of Jesus.
Prayer point: Jehovah, help me not to miss my reward in Jesus name.
Key Dose: God is looking for faithful labourers, step in that rank today.
Pastor James Ademuyiwa
Senior Pastor (IHPCT