Posted: 01/10/2009 in Articles
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“Present sacrifice is sustained by the hope of future reward.”

These were the words of John Piper as he preached a sermon called “The Supremacy of Christ Makes us Caring and Daring” from Hebrews 10-12.

Moses was a great example of this as he embraced suffering for a greater reward. “By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter,  choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.  He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.” – Hebrews 11:24-26

Are we willing to suffer for our brethren? If not, it’s probably because we don’t see Jesus as our all-satisfying treasure. Our eyes don’t look past this present situation.

O God, we are weak in our faith. Lord, we believe, but help our unbelief! May we see Jesus as Supreme and our Reward!

“…without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” – Hebrews 11:6

  1. Derick says:

    I find the need to remind myself again and again of Christ’s words “it is better to give than receive”. Oh how He lived that truth and oh how short-sighted I am when I don’t trust the words and the life of my Savior (after all, trusting Jesus is a form of treasuring Him).
    David Livingstone, while teaching college students in the late 1800’s, nailed it when as he shared: “People talk of the sacrifice I have made in spending so much of my life in Africa…away with the word in such a view and with such a thought! It is emphatically no sacrifice. Say rather it is a privilege.”

  2. littleservant says:

    May Jesus as our reward fill our hearts with a joy that will make present pain almost beneath our notice.

  3. Shea says:

    I like that last comment… I think I’ll write that down.

    …. may the things of this world (including pain) grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace!!

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