12. Faith is Rewarded: As I write this post the words of God to Abraham ring
in my ears: Do not be afraid, I am your shield, your exceedingly great rewardGen.15:1.
Perhaps the greatest limitation a believer places upon himself is a low
expectation of God. This is not new.When God promised Abraham a son,
his expectation was for an heir born of his loins. God’s thought was not just to
birth the nation Israel, but also to make kings and priests of a people drawn
out of every tribe, tongue, people and nation; a people to reign on earthRev.5:10.
When Ruth left father and mother and the land of her birth to
follow Naomi to a people she did not know, it was by faith in a God she had
heard of but was yet to experience. Little did she know that she would be
married to the most eligible bachelor in Bethlehem and become one of the Gentile
women mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus ChristMt.1:5, the
Saviour of the world! Scripture abounds with proof of the reward of exercising faith
Unravel the mystery of faith: believe in, have confident assurance
about, be fully persuaded of, and never waiver from the promises of God that
are yet to be seen. Choose to engage
a lifestyle of faith. Take comfort in Apostle Paul’s words: your confidence in
God ‘has great reward’ Heb.10:35. Your faith
works have greater reward than the fruit of having the desires of your heart: ‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor
are your ways My ways… For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are
My ways higher than yours, and My thoughts than your thoughts.’Is.55:8-9?
If our faith is only to receive the things of this world, ‘we are of all men the most miserable’1Cor.15:19.Since all
men will ‘put off this tent’ our
faith must transcend this life. In fulfilment of His words ‘to reward each according to his works’Mt.16:27,the message
of our Lord Jesus to each of ‘the seven
Churches which are in Asia’ is this: ‘I
know your works…’ Rev.2:2 , Rev.2:9 , Rev.2:13 ,
Rev.2:19 , Rev.3:1 , Rev.3:8 , Rev.3:15 .Clearly our
works by faith will not go unnoticed. The work your faith accomplishes in this
life is tried by fire. If it endures, you are rewarded1Cor.3:13-14. Jesus
offered varying rewards for faithfulness: eating of the tree of life in God’s paradise,
receiving the crown of life, power over the nations. The crux of the matter is
this: He who knows the heart and mind will give to each man not according to
what is in his heart or his dominant thoughts, but ‘according to his work’Rev.22:12. You have been
reminded of what God’s word says; now take bold steps in faith.
I pray we
will each receive the ultimate reward of faith, and hear God say: ‘Well done good and faithful servant, you
have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things.
Enter into the joy of your Lord.’ Mt.25:23.