Memorise 2 Thessalonians 3:13
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood”
Serving God can be trying. It can be difficult at times when we have to labour to ensure various ministries under our care run smoothly. Other times, it can be a real trial when we encounter difficult people and there are also moments when our faith is tested to its limits where we wonder if God cares when we suffer for His name’s sake. Christ warned His followers in Matthew 8:20 about how serving Him will not be a bed of roses. The person who decides to serve the King of kings, must count the cost and be willing to suffer loss. Yet, we find many passages of Scripture telling us that following after God is really not as bad as it seems. Yes, there will be trials and difficulties, but along with it there will also be great blessings.
In Psalm 84:11 it is promised that God will withhold no good thing from those who walk uprightly. 1 Peter 5:10 adds a great encouragement when it says that after we have suffered a while, God plans to “make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you”. Ephesians 2:7 speaks of the riches of God’s grace and kindness for His people as being “exceeding”. Even as we step forward to serve Him, 2 Corinthians 9:8 promises us that God will not only give us the grace, but will give it in abundance such that we will not be lacking in any way and be able to accomplish each duty to its best. Galatians 6:9 further exhorts us not be weary of well doing because at the right time by God’s appointment, we will see the fruits of our labour. Although our passage for today starts with an exclamation of discouragement in service, blessed are those who continue to read on, because in the subsequent verses, we read of the greatest of encouragements to those who serve faithfully. Our names will be written into “the book of remembrance” and we will be counted as “jewels” in the sight of God. Yes, the rewards will be eternity with God and we will be very dear in the sight of God.
We must not be overly despondent when we suffer in our service. Instead, we must remember the many precious promises God has made to the faithful and know that God has a special place in His heart for those who faithfully serve Him.
Thought: Do you know of any faithful servant of Christ who died in regret?
Prayer: Father, encourage my weary heart.