Faith For What — Part 10
“So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done.” Matthew 21:21
The Faith Reward
Faith is not a destination that we seek to reach and once we get there we can sit back and relax and just coast through the rest of our lives. Faith is a journey, a process, a conduit through which God’s life provisions, blessings and rewards are transmitted to us. All that we receive from God we receive by faith.
The end of our faith is full joy, full salvation, full realization of life and that more abundantly and most importantly, the end of our faith is to be one in heart, one in mind, and one in eternal likeness with Jesus.
On the way to that ultimate reward we are summoned by God the Father to ask that we may receive, to seek that we may find and to knock that the door of all opportunity and advancement will be opened to us.
“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Luke 11:9
“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” John 15:11
“Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” John 16:24
We ask by faith with hope and confidence in His Word that what He has promised He will do.
We seek by faith knowing that whatever time, energy, effort or sacrifice we make to find what we desire in Him will be more than worthy of the effort.
We knock by faith believing that the door, the pathway, the opportunity will be opened to us because our destination is the fulfillment of His planned purpose for our lives.
And His reward to those who are faithful is joy and mastery over much.
“His lord said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ “ Matthew 25:21
As we said at the beginning, faith is not static, it is a dynamic ever increasing force in our lives to bring us ever closer to God’s intended purpose for us, which is blessing—being blessed and being a blessing with fullness of joy.
I like the way the Amplified translation defines blessed as it relates to joy.
“Blessed (happy— with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, apart from your outward condition—and to be envied)…” Luke 6:22
God’s plan is to reward our faithfulness throughout eternity. I can’t fully wrap my mind around that, but that is His promise.
“Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:5-9
“Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.” Hebrews 10:35
Our faithfulness will be rewarded.