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there are days when i am sure we wonder what we are doing and if “it” is worth it.  days when we seem stretched and give everything we have.  when we feel out of balance and overwhelmed by the to do list and needs we see around us.

then there are the other days, days when it seems God pulls the curtain back and reveals the true worth and beauty and significance of what we do: people getting saved, a message that changes lives, an event that shines light in the community, amazing worship services etc…

 

i want to remind us all today, that God sees everything we do and that it counts and there are things He is orchestrating behind the scenes and ways He is using our lives that we may be unaware of.  You are HIS vessel and HE is at work in and through your life.  You saying YES to God counts. 

 

Galatians 6:9  Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Hebrews 6:10 For God is not unjust to forget your work and labour of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

 

God is faithful.  It is HIS WORK and for HIS NAME and HIS GLORY that we serve.  He is at work in our churches and families in ways that sometimes we cannot see.  But as we hold onto Him and trust in His character and power, as we find strength and peace in His love, we will see the reward of faithfulness and service. 

 

This is our mission.  This is our purpose.  Don’t give up in serving Jesus.

Our purpose and mission and the outworking of that may look like details and rosters and work but it is for Christ and His Kingdom.  it is for the lost.  it is for the broken.  it is for the seeking. 

 

Don’t give up because God is faithful and He keeps His word.

My word that goes out from my mouth:   it will not return to me void, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11

 

God doesn’t work to microwave timing. He works to HIS timing. At the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. At the proper time. Not our time, but HIS time.

 

The key is to not give up, to keep pressing in, to find an internal strength based on the promises and faithfulness of God that keeps us motivated that keeps us refreshed and motivated.

 

 

  • Refocus Sometimes you need to change perspective – see life from His perspective – from His promises. “He is the God of the multitude and the God of the individual…He will not overlook your tiniest need.”
  • Refuel Just as we need food to keep our bodies going, and fuel to keep a fire going, and fuel to keep a car going… we need fuel to keep our spirit going.
  • Remain Often in this time of weariness – this time of discouragement – this time of refocusing and refuelling the enemy can pounce on our vulnerability and make us want to not only give up but to pull back… to step back or to drop out. Don’t listen to him. REMAIN where you are, continue to press through, continue to do good.
  • Resolve In the midst of the PROCESS between the promise and the fulfilment sometimes you just have to resolve to stand up, to press in and to move forward. No matter how long it takes and not matter how hard it is.

 

 

The Bible says every good deed will be rewarded, no matter how insignificant and regardless of whether anybody else on earth sees it. 

God says, "I see it and it doesn’t matter who else sees it." 

 

Every encouragement you give to other people, every kind word you give to your children, every time you do a thoughtful act for your husband, every time you pick up around the office when it’s not your job, every time you set up chairs in church or fold the church newsletter, every act of courtesy, every time you refuse to gossip, every time you’re positive instead of negative – God sees it all, no matter how small.

 

‘Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.’  Matthew 10:4-42

today, may you know that God is with you and for you.  He is at work through you to reach people with the gospel.  He is changing lives.  I pray that He will pull the curtain back a little so you can see the magnificence of His purpose and the Holy Spirit at work in your church and community.  and i pray for refreshment for your spirit, that you would be strengthened on the inside, aware of His peace and grace for this moment.

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