Results of Obedience
Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 28:3-8
Key Verse: Deuteronomy 28:1-2
If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God
Some Christ followers have trouble separating the concepts of “salvation by faith” and “blessings by works.” I believe these two concepts are clearly defined. We can only be saved by putting our faith in Jesus Christ. He is our only hope of eternity with God!
The second concept, “Blessings by works,” also seems clear to me. The blessings in this life and my rewards in the next life are based on my works. Since God is the same, yesterday, today and forever, it is not hard to follow His character consistently throughout the Bible. In our scripture for today, we read how God taught this second concept to the children of Israel. If they fully obeyed all they knew to do, God gave promises to them that they could expect and look for in their lives.
When I give my money to kingdom purposes, I have no thought that I’m increasing my chances to spend eternity with God. My salvation is built on nothing less than Jesus Christ and His righteousness! That has been imparted to me by my faith in Jesus and His death and resurrection. When I give, I’m acting out of obedience to scripture. Because of my obedience, I look for and expect to be blessed by God.
Yes, the blessings of eternity give me peace, no matter what my giving patterns on earth. But I am looking for more; I’m expecting God to intervene in my life and bless it beyond my imagination! That is why I give!
Father, thank you for your promises for me, now and into eternity. I cheerfully and expectantly give of my material resources to your kingdom! In Jesus’ Name, amen.