Hebrews 11:26 AMP
“He considered the contempt and abuse and shame (borne for) the Christ (the Messiah Who was to come) to be greater wealth than all the treasures of Egypt, for he looked forward and away to the reward (recompence)”
The consecrated believer must have the reward in his consciousness always. Now, understand that your consecration must be to the Lord and for the Lord, but it is good to keep the reward (God’s reward) in our remembrance. That reward is so great that it puts this world’s pleasure in its place. So when we juxtapose God’s reward and what this world has to offer, the allure of this world’s enticement will lose its power.
The reward comes with a glory that the world cannot boast of nor can it fathom, in fact, we cannot fully grasp the fullness of the glory or the entire details of Christ’s reward, but we know from scriptures that it is glorious. Keeping the reward in mind fills us with joy, even in the midst of suffering for Christ in our consecration to him. It keeps us from being like pitiable unfortunate keepers of a law, but the rather, it ignites real joy in us. Think of Stephen when being stoned, he saw heaven opened, and the last thing that comes to mind when thinking of Stephen at his death is pity.
Keep the reward in mind. Bible speaking about Jesus said “He, for the joy (of obtaining the prize) that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb 12:2b AMP). Paul speaking in 2nd Cor 4:17, 18 about our reward tells us that we have an eternal weight of glory which is far greater than any present affliction suffered for Christ, and that that is what we look at.
Boldly stand for Christ, keep your gaze on him, and also keep the reward in mind. It is great, it is eternal, let it fill you with joy (1st Peter 4:13), it is worth it.
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