Not For You?

Here's a thought for you...What if your faithfulness towards God was not meant for your immediate benefit?  What if you being faithful to the life God has called you to live was for your kids or your grandkids or even your great-great-great grandkids?  

What if...the life God has called you to live was all about you changing the spiritual direction of your future family tree.

I was thinking about this today as I was reading The Story chapter 4.  In this chapter we are introduced to Moses.  On page 46 (Exodus 3:8) God says to Moses, "So I have come down to rescue them (Israelites who are slaves in Egypt) from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey..."

This is so interesting to me because, with this statement God is going to fulfill a promise that he made to Moses great-great-great-great grandfather Abraham.  In Genesis 12 God tells Abraham, "To your offspring I will give this land."  I'd guess Abraham thought God was talking about his future son (which hadn't been born at the time of this statement).  And I'm certain Abraham didn't think it was going to take around 565 years for God to bring baby Moses into the world to lead a people into a promise.  (This calculation is based on the time-line provided in The Story).  

I think this is a very mature thought...Would/Could you remain faithful to God, even if you knew, that you're faithfulness would never benefit you?

Here's another one...Would/Could you remain faithful to God just because he asked you to?  No reward.  No promise.  Just a simple human replying to our great God..."Yes, I will live and love as you ask me to."  

Wow...Now that's maturity.  Will you take a step in that direction today?  Here's what I'm praying...Take a look and see if you want to join with me.

Lord, You are God and I am not.  However, I'm not nothing.  I trust that I'm your prized creation.  I believe that you died for my sins.  I trust the blood you shed covers my sins and provides me the gift of unrestricted relationship with you.  Like Adam and Eve, I will one day walk with you in the cool of the day.  Yet, that day hasn't come.  Lord, your world is becoming crowded with people who: give you no respect, say you don't exist, or say they know you but live like those who don't.  Lord, this world makes me weak...But you make me strong!  Lord, I ask for the strength to remain loyal to you.  I ask for Your wisdom so that I might better understand what you say in your Bible...Not so that I am smarter...No, that I may show you that I am loyal to you and to you alone.  You said, through Jesus, "If you love me, obey my commandments."  Lord, whatever I might face today...the good, the bad, or the ugly...Help me to face it as you would.  And those times I fail, and they happen more times then I'd like to admit, let me accept your grace, learn from my mistake, repent of my action/attitude, and confidently continue to follow in your example of life and love.  Lord, I love you.  Today I will live, love, and follow...On Purpose!  

Have a blessed day and don't forget to have read The Story chapter 4 prior to Sunday.
Much love,
Pastor Matt