Gods will, your love, your reward
1 Corinthians 10:13- 13 No temptation has seized you beyond what people normally experience, and God can be trusted not to allow you to be tempted beyond what you can bear. On the contrary, along with the temptation he will also provide the way out, so that you will be able to endure.
Have you ever considered that this verse is not just or not only talking about what we consider to be the “big sins” in our lives? What about the everyday tasks (how we conduct our lives and treat others) that we are given through the scripture and the promptings of the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) that we often so promptly ignore? It is sin to ignore the Holy Spirit but it tends to be sin that we most certainly discount. For example: What about the stranded motorist we could help out, the words of encouragement we could give, the monetary gifts we could offer, the time set aside when the Holy Spirit calls us to read or study Gods words or any act of kindness we are lead to give. When it comes to doing the will of God it can be difficult to put our comfort level aside and complete the work.
The Bible tells us that we me must put our comfort levels or flesh to death:
Galatians 5:24- 24 Moreover, those who belong to the Messiah Yeshua have put their old nature to death on the stake, along with its passions and desires.
If fulfilling Gods will was easy, Rav Shaul (The Apostle Paul) would not have needed to express that it is like putting our old nature to death. Yet, it is not impossible:
Mattityahu (Matthew) 19:26- 26 Yeshua looked at them and said, “Humanly, this is impossible; but with God everything is possible.”
The statement here is that “with God all things are possible” which not only includes a salvation experience but also includes following Gods will and putting the flesh to death.
I heard a saying once: “just because something is difficult does not mean it is not worth doing.”
If doing Gods will was or is easy, what credit is that to you? But, it is these works that have been prepared in advance for us to do that display our faith:
Ephesians 2:10- 10 For we are of God’s making, created in union with the Messiah Yeshua for a life of good actions already prepared by God for us to do.
Expose the depth of our relationship:
Mark 12:29-31- 29 Yeshua answered, “The most important is, `Sh’ma Yisra’el, ADONAI Eloheinu, ADONAI echad [Hear, O Isra'el, the LORD our God, the LORD is one], 30 and you are to love ADONAI your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your understanding and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: `You are to love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other mitzvah greater than these.”
Causes man to rejoice and be drawn into a relationship with God:
Peter 2:12- 12 but to live such good lives among the pagans that even though they now speak against you as evildoers, they will, as a result of seeing your good actions, give glory to God on the Day of his coming.
And positions us to receive heavenly rewards:
Mattityahu (Matthew 25:21)- 21 His master said to him, `Excellent! You are a good and trustworthy servant. You have been faithful with a small amount, so I will put you in charge of a large amount. Come and join in your master’s happiness!’
When Gods will is difficult for us, we have an opportunity to show to ourselves the depth of love we have for Him when we obediently comply. God will reward you for every pre-ordained task you overcome to complete. Find joy in all your adversities whether it is overcoming sin, completing an act of kindness or conquering a difficult task. You have joy in knowing the depth of your love for God and that God is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
Messianic Jews (Hebrews) 11:6- 6 And without trusting, it is impossible to be well pleasing to God, because whoever approaches him must trust that he does exist and that he becomes a Rewarder to those who seek him out.