More gold than you can carry!
By Pastor Doug Cox
Some people live a good portion of their life training for one event, one reward, to win a gold medal. There is nothing wrong with having a goal like that. (That is if it doesn’t become a god). The truth is being the best at something doesn’t come by accident and as far as I know it takes more than having a gift or talent. Serious dedication is required for those who want to win the ultimate prize, that gold medal. Only a few athletes have earned more than one medal, but for those in Christ the gold medals can be more than we can count for the loving, obedient, follower of Jesus Christ.
“Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and
each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.”
1 Corinthians 3:8
We know the farmer looks forward to the reward of harvest. It takes both planting and watering to have that harvest. If the field is big enough it takes more than one person to water and plant. In a partner situation both get the same rich reward of harvest. In the kingdom of God there will be rewards for the service we do to help it expand.
“We are laborers together with God.”
1 Corinthians 3:9
Our labor will not go unnoticed by the Lord. There will be times when we may not see much of a reward here on earth for our hard work, but know that the Lord takes notice and as we do our part and someone else does theirs, the Lord will make sure there is a
reward for it. For the obedient, it will be more than they can carry.
Let’s move forward in our vision of “living beyond an ordinary life” by understanding that everything the Lord asks us to do is important, whether it’s big or small. Everything is connected. Usually the bigger things don’t happen unless someone first responded in doing the seemingly smaller things. In the process of my salvation many little prayers were said over my life by more people than I know. Had that not happened all the words about salvation spoken to me wouldn’t have meant much. More often than not, the little prayers have often preceded the big miracle. Don’t set aside small beginnings or works because they seem small. The Day will come when your medal (reward) will be just as glorious as any well known, famous person. Maybe more than you can carry.