Do Not Give Up

“Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches. Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:6-10.

God is watching. He knows about your faithfulness. He knows about your generosity. The good that you do will be remembered by the one who really counts.

When Elijah was discouraged, and thought he was the only faithful one in Israel, God showed him that there were seven thousand who had not bowed their knees to Baal. God knew who was with Him and who wasn’t. And Jesus said that if anyone brought you a cup of water because you belonged to Christ would not lose his reward. (Mark 9:41). Small acts of kindness and things done in secret will be rewarded because God sees not only the act, but the heart behind it.

Remain Steadfast

“I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:

‘Death is swallowed up in victory.’
‘O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?’

“The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:50-58.

It is inevitable that we will leave this world behind, either for glory or perdition. If you are destined for glory, it is the reason we should be, “steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”

In 1981, I believed we would hear the last trumpet and put on immortality and fly away with Jesus that year or soon after. As it began to look like we could actually be here for awhile, I changed my focus to making sure I would be one of the dead in Christ who would meet Jesus in the air. Since then I have made a few adjustments on when I thought this would happen, being content with belonging to Christ at all times and being faithful to the end, no matter when that will be.