Saturday, August 30th, 2014
The Call To Overcome (Part 20, Conclusion)
The Grand Prize
To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.
Revelation 2:7 (NKJV)
Be faithful until death, and I will give you the Crown of Life... He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.
Revelation 2:10-11 (NKJV)
To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.
Revelation 2:17 (NKJV)
He who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations... as I also have received from My Father; and I will give him the morning star.
Revelation 2:26-28 (NKJV)
He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.
Revelation 3:5 (NKJV)
He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.
Revelation 3:12 (NKJV)
To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
Revelation 3:21-22 (NKJV)
Actors, models and talent for Christ: you face challenges. They look like giants and mountains. Should you run toward a giant bully? David did, and he was just a kid. Should you fight your way up a mountain? Caleb did, and he was already old.
Consider some additional questions:
1) Do you have an easier way than His call to overcome? He says, 'I am the Way, the Truth and the Life' (John 14:6). He also says, 'Difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it' (Matthew 7:14). Bottom line: Playing it safe is not the best option.
2) Should you wait on a better time to answer His call? Jesus says, 'Behold I stand at the door and knock' (Revelation 3:20). He also says repeatedly: to be unprepared or unwilling to answer His call can be fatal.* Even more: 'Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap' (Ecclesiastes 11:4). Bottom line: How can you wait for a better time when tomorrow is not guaranteed?
3) Should you look the other way? 'To one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin' (James 4:17). Christians are persecuted in over 50 nations. In the others, countless children fall victim to peer pressure. To follow the habits of their favorite stars, they lose their innocence and even their lives. Bottom line: You've been called to be a better example.
According to God, the real risk is not the mission field: It's staying home. Because if you go, He goes with you. What's the worst that can happen? Failure? If your witness was the key for one sad secretary to meet Jesus, and subsequently, she becomes a witness for her boss, and subsequently, he became the witness for hundreds more... Is that failure? Certainly not.
In the process of your obedience to His call, God will surprise you with the desires of your heart... if you don't give up.
Remember: your goal is not fame, but witness. God determines the size of your audience, and it will be perfect for you. Your hurdle is not earthly, but spiritual: The weaker you are, the stronger God moves. All He asks of you is to follow and to continue in His call to overcome.
So continue. God will do the rest. From His perspective, you'll see the giant was only a grasshopper, and the mountain no more than a molehill. To overcome them, step down hard and hold on tight.** You're destined to win and the Grand Prize awaits. His Name is Jesus, and the rest? It's just gravy.
'He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son' (Revelation 21:7).
* In regard to not coming when God calls, or to be unprepared for His arrival, re-read these Parables:
* The Faithful Servant and the Evil Servant: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+12%3A35-38&version=NKJV
* The Parable of the Talents: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+25%3A14-30&version=NKJV
* The Rich Fool: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+12%3A16-21&version=NKJV
* The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matt25%3A1-13&version=NKJV
* The Parable of the Marriage Feast: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matt+22%3A1-10&version=NASB
* The Parable of the Great Supper: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+14%3A15-24&version=NKJV
** 'Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you' (Luke 10:19).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Call To Overcome series.