THEME: REWARD OF FAITH
“By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
-This entire chapter documents hero’s of faith and their contribution to edifying the body of Christ. Enoch diligently sort the Lord and was considered as one who pleased the Lord. He received a great reward for he did not face death but was taken straight to heaven. I’m sure it is the desire of all of us to go to heaven one day. In Matthew 16:28 Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.” Some among us desire to be taken like Enoch one day and others predict that Jesus will come before they die etc. Such matters are better placed in the hands of the Lord for only Him knows our beginning and end. We find from Genesis 5:22; that Enoch walked faithfully with God for 300 years. We can therefore equate faithfulness to diligence. From the parable of the talents we see that, three people were given talents by their master. The two who multiplied their talents were applauded as good and faithful servants and were given the right to enter into the joy of the Lord. They were faithful in little and were given charge of much. On the other hand, one buried his talent and suffered shipwreck faith. He did not keep a good conscience and was not faithful in the little that was entrusted to him. He was also rewarded. He lost it all and was cast into the outer darkness where there is mourning and weeping. It is critical to note that each one should take good care of what God has entrusted to us. To multiply, subdue and fill the earth; as mandated by God. We are called to fight the good fight, keep the faith and finish the race as God calls each one of us, so that we can receive our crowns of righteousness (2 Timothy 4:7-8).
Praise the Lord, all nations, extol Him, all peoples. For great is His steadfast love toward us and His faithfulness endures forever. Help us Holy Spirit to be faithful in all the things that You have entrusted unto us. Give us the wisdom to be productive, multiply our talents, subdue and fill the earth as You have called us. Grant our children wisdom so that they may never depart from Your ways. Fill our political and church leaders with wisdom so that they may only do Your will. Holy holy holy are You Lord God Almighty, who was who is and who is to come. Jesus You reign in our lives, families, churches, nation and the whole world. All glory, honor, power, riches and praise belongs to You. Help us to always trust in You Lord and do good so that we may dwell safely in the land and befriend faithfulness. We delight ourselves in You Lord, give us the desires of our hearts we humbly implore You. We commit all our ways to You Lord and put all our trust in You, guide us to diligently seek You. Give us the grace to fight the good fight and keep the faith so that we may finish the race as You have called us Holy Spirit, and give us our crowns of righteousness according to Your merciful love. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now and forever more. Amen
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