Sunday, September 28, 2008

Payday is Coming

People will disappoint us. We will not always be appreciated for our labor. We may dance on many occasions and not receive so much as a "thank you" for our service. There may be times that we have invested money, time, and long hours into the ministry and seem to not reap the rewards of the sacrifice. We take confidence in knowing that when we endure, the Lord will reward our work.

No one can bless us like He can! We must be willing to work for the Kingdom even when there is no guaranteed pay. Many dancers have adopted the practice of setting a price per event type to minister the gospel. Some demand lists of accommodations for comfort. While we must each seek the Lord as how to conduct ministry in righteousness, we must know that ministry is not glamorous. Jesus rode on a donkey and not in a chariot.

The temptation to quit when faced with hardship in ministry must be overcome with the Word of God. When we are motivated by love, our hearts will continue to be in the right place. Although we should not dance merely for the prospect that we will be rewarded, we continue doing the work of the Lord knowing that He keeps His promises.

2 Chronicles 15:7 (NKJV)
But you, be strong and do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded!”

Job 34:11 (NKJV)
For He repays man according to his work, and makes man to find a reward according to his way.

Isaiah 49:4 (NKJV)
Then I said, ‘I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing and in vain; Yet surely my just reward is with the LORD, and my work with my God.’”

Matthew 16:27 (NKJV)
For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.

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