To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
March/April 2016 Issue – Straight from the Heart, ‘I have you in my heart … all of you share God’s grace with me’ Philippians 1:7
The text set for today’s reading and meditation:
Philippians 2:29-30 (NIVUK): ”So then, welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honour people like him, because he almost died for the work of Christ. He risked his life to make up for the help you yourselves could not give me.”
It’s important that we keep our eyes focused on Jesus and we should always be mindful that our work for His kingdom, will be richly rewarded when we arrive ‘home’.
That is, what ever honour we may receive from our church community for the Christian work that we do, is a blessing and an encouragement; but it will pale into insignificance compared to the rewards we will receive from God.
Selwyn says this in his introduction: “Paul’s wish for Epaphroditus is that when he returns to the congregation in Philippi the Christians there will receive him in the Lord with great joy. How sad that so many of God’s servants who have given themselves in service are taken for granted rather than greeted with gratitude.”
It’s good that such people are received with great joy, but if they are not, then they should remember that their real reward is being stored for them in heaven, and that nothing can take that away from them.
In a way, we should think of ourselves as humble servants for the Lord; listen to the words of Jesus in Luke 17:9-10, “Will he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’”
Consequently, if we have this attitude of humility, we will not be disappointed if we don’t receive praise for all the work we might do for the Lord, from our church communities. In summary, we trust that our Lord will perfectly reward us when we arrive home, and that’s where our focus should be.
Do you agree?