We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.
Our God is a 'Yes' God. 'For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are 'yes'; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us' (2 Corinthians 1:20).
As God's children, He loved us first. He chose us first. As our eyes, ears, and hearts were opened unto Him, we loved Him back. We chose Him back. Therefore, we speak Joshua's famous words for ourselves: 'As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord' (Joshua 24:15).
Most significantly, we choose to believe on His Son--to become His bold and willing servants, 'For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus' sake' (2 Corinthians 4:5).
Is it right to ask God, 'What's in it for us? What's the payoff for our service to You?' Shouldn't we serve Him just because He created us, because He is God, because any other choice leads to death?
Yes and Yes! Our God is amazingly gracious--even excited for us to know the exceeding abundance He has in store for us. Jesus says, 'It is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom' (Luke 12:32).
Even more, our blessings don't wait until we're in Heaven; they exist right here and now. Why does God choose to reveal His blessings in advance? Maybe David, a man after God's own heart, a man who was chased, betrayed, and persecuted much of his life, says it best:
'I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living' (Psalm 27:13).
Since actors, models, and talent for Christ face many challenges on the road to the Promised Land of Entertainment, we will take a glimpse at a few of God's promises for you.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Promises, Promises series.