2 Chronicles 16:9: For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.
This verse of scripture has always been a favorite of mine that I recite many times throughout my week. It serves as a reminder that God is present with me as I go about my day and even as I sleep. I am also reminded that God continues to play an active role in this world in which I temporarily reside. Just when it seems that the world is spiraling out of control, God’s word reveals to us that the God who created the universe is still in control. It’s difficult to find much hope or assurance in the things of this world. In God however, we can face the uncertainty of this world with the promise that God is watching over us and is sustaining us with his mercy and strength.
1 John 5:3: This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome.
Being obedient and open to God’s guidance is crucial for us as we live out our lives in Christ today. We may do many good things for people, or for God’s kingdom, and many times we aren’t allowed to see the powerful effect that our actions have. That should not stop us from being obedient to God and living out the life of faith that we are called to live. Our duty is to obey God by following his commands and living out a life that shows others the way to Christ. God will take care of the rest and He will use us to further His kingdom here on this earth in ways that we cannot imagine. I believe that when we get to heaven, God will reveal to us how our actions made a difference in bringing others to belief in God and in Christ.
Matthew 16:27: For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.
As Christians, we live in a world that does not value obedience to God. Many of our friends would probably ask us what we are receiving in return for our obedience to God. Of course, they are focused on an earthly return on our time and investment instead of an eternal reward. They fail to understand that we are not storing up treasures on this earth, but rather, eternal treasures in heaven. We may not ever see or understand the eternal effects that our actions have in this world. There will come a day however, a glorious day, in which we will completely understand just how important our obedience to God has been.
Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).
Where is your heart? Do you obey God for the hope of material gain or to be noticed? Or do you obey God because that is what your “heart” calls you to do? The Holy Spirit works powerfully in those who choose to obey God and are committed to advancing His Kingdom. Will you choose to obey God and allow Him to use you to proclaim the good news of Christ? Or will you choose the ways of the world? How you answer that question will have eternal consequences.