The Reward

24 By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.

Hebrews 11:24-26

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6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Hebrews 11:6

Never ceased to be amazed that our heavenly Father designs reward for those who seek Him and desire to be with Him. 

Then He makes the way to accomplish this through Christ Jesus.

He who died that we might be loved. 

Amen.

A Thought on Sons, Servants, and House Building

1 Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, 2 who was faithful to him who appointed him, just as Moses also was faithful in all God’s house. 3 For Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses—as much more glory as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself. 4 (For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.) 5 Now Moses was faithful in all God’s house as a servant, to testify to the things that were to be spoken later, 6 but Christ is faithful over God’s house as a son. And we are his house, if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.

Hebrews 3:1-6

Trying to understand the divide – a servant or a son.  

There are definitely responsibilities that I hold in the role of a son.  These have changed so much in the last several years. 

It makes me project to the future.

How do I want to raise my children? Preparing them for their life. To care about their God, their mother and I when we are old. 

How am I being faithful now – with God? I have felt very divided lately. 

But the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife,

1 Corinthians 7:33

But I am also so looking forward to caring for the Church. Even as a servant.

I know that in this, there is a great reward awaiting for me. And that there are houses to be built.

Never as the main builder, but solely as a subcontractor.

But the reward is great.

And I want my sons and daughters to know this. To enter into this.

My wife and I were considering a father-son relationship where thy were planting a church together. In light of our own relationships with family.

It’s much different than the worldly perspective of the current day – where a man must go out and make his own living. 

To be bound to something, to think about the future in terms of the greater good, looks much different, than what we are used to considering as American.

Perhaps this nostalgia comes as we consider what kind of people we are. We are currently on a road trip experiencing different cities.

As we consider where we would like to raise our children, we must consider what kind of people we are – anything but laid back.  So perhaps a more relaxed city would be good for bringing up children.

Then we must consider the city’s unique disposition and what kind of vanities or sins it would reinforce in our lives and our children’s. 

Some cities are simply more liberal than others.

Not that raising up children properly in the Lord wouldn’t out do the call of culture, but the simple idea that where there is exposure to error, there is a tendency towards it. Generational sin.

With this, my wife and I so desire to care as sons and daughters for the kingdom, our children, and ourselves. Knowing that we will be no more than servants. 

But the fully invested servant is the one that reaps the rewards.

Glory to God. The builder of houses.


Hello from Nashville. 

And from Barista Parlor.

Intercession, a whole bunch of Hebrews, Romans, and John

For every high priest is appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices; thus it is necessary for this priest also to have something to offer.

Hebrews 8:3

This is mind blowing.  Christ was required to sacrifice in order to be our high priest. So he dies, and rises, creating something new.  

For on the one hand, a former commandment is set aside because of its weakness and uselessness (for the law made nothing perfect); but on the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God.

Hebrews 7:18-19

Christ forms a new covenant. Which becomes a perfect covenant.  A forever covenant…

“The Lord has sworn
    and will not change his mind,
‘You are a priest forever.’”

Hebrews 7:21

Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.

Hebrews 7:25

And we shall no longer have to teach the existence of God…

And they shall not teach, each one his neighbor
    and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’
for they shall all know me,
    from the least of them to the greatest.

Hebrews 8:11

Because of the gift of the helper, the Holy Spirit.

the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. 

John 14:26

What we have to do instead is love people and reveal how an all loving, wholly perfect God has been removed from their lives. Then let the Holy Spirit work. But in the end…

“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”

Romans 14:11 or Isaiah 45:23

…God wins. 

And on top of this, too often we forget the Holy Spirit is real, we can intercede in prayer, prophesy, and heal. Does that put a lizard in your trousers? 

His Temptation and Ours, Hebrews 4:15

Yesterday, I was feeling without purpose or direction. That I wasn’t of use to God or self. 

Then Oswald Chambers happened this morning.

We do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin —Hebrews 4:15

Satan does not tempt us just to make us do wrong things— he tempts us to make us lose what God has put into us through regeneration, namely, the possibility of being of value to God. He does not come to us on the premise of tempting us to sin, but on the premise of shifting our point of view, and only the Spirit of God can detect this as a temptation of the devil.

Temptation means a test of the possessions held within the inner, spiritual part of our being by a power outside us and foreign to us.