When good things happen in our lives—promotion; a raise in pay; an unexpected lump sum of money; success in business—we must recognize that every good and perfect gift comes from our Father in heaven. (Jas 1:17)
Don’t think to yourself, my own strength and abilities have produced all this prosperity for me. (Deu 8:17 CEB)
He answered me: “This is the Lord’s word to Zerubbabel: Neither by power, nor by strength, but by my spirit, says the Lord of heavenly forces.” (Zech 4:6 CEB)
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. (2 Cor 4:7)
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. (Eph 2:8-9)
Nothing is ever accomplished solely through human might or power! We must never try to grab the glory that belongs to God alone. We don’t ever want to be like the rich fool that Jesus taught about in Luke 12:13-21 where God said to the man: ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’
We can see from the Bible verses that I have shown above that:
- Anything good that is accomplished is not by might or power but by the Spirit of God.
- The power that we have to work and to accomplish good things is from God and not us.
- Even our faith is a gift from God!
Acknowledge the Lord’s goodness to you whenever you receive praise, or awards, or blessings in any form. All glory to God!
For evildoers shall be cut off; but those who wait on the Lord, they shall inherit the earth. (Ps 37:9)
He himself shall dwell in prosperity, and his descendants shall inherit the earth. (Ps 25:13)
The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell in it forever. (Ps 37:29)
For the upright will dwell in the land, and the blameless will remain in it . . . (Pro 2:21)
These passages of the Bible focus upon the idea that the righteous have been given a promise to “inherit the earth.” What does that mean for believers?
Here are some facts to begin this meditation:
- God is the owner of this earth (Ps 24:1).
- Those who obey Christ become children of God (Gal 3:27; Heb 5:9), and “joint-heirs” with the Lord (Rom 8:17).
- The Father supplies all of our needs (Phil 4:19); we therefore enjoy this earth and its blessings more than all others.
- Mainly, however, our inheritance is spiritual (Ac 20:32); we are heirs in the kingdom of Christ (Eph 5:5), and citizenship in that kingdom is available now on this earth (Col 1:13).
- Finally, we also look for an inheritance that is reserved for us in heaven (1 Pet 1:4), because we are aware that the earth will be destroyed when Christ returns (2 Pet 3:10).
The verses of Scripture at the beginning of this article all describe a blessing appointed to the righteous in the coming age.
All who have been made righteous through Jesus Christ shall one day have power over all things, and until then will always receive provision of their needs through Jesus Christ. How blessed we are!
We don’t often think of this, but the Scriptures tell us that the Lord rewards people for their good deeds. What a kind, generous, and loving God we serve.
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. (Mt 16:27)
. . . who “will render to each one according to his deeds” . . . (Rom 2:6)
. . . knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free. (Eph 6:8)
Just think of it: WHATEVER good that we do for anyone else, the Lord says that we will receive the same from Him. This is the best source of motivation that anyone could hope for! It is the promise of a blessed reward.
When you pay for someone’s gas who’s in front of you; when you help an elderly friend by cleaning their home or taking them grocery shopping; or any of the thousands of other kind and good deeds that you could perform—ALL be rewarded. Don’t worry! God has no problem with keeping track of each and every one of us, and our good deeds.
The Lord knows the number of hairs on our heads (Mt 10:30; Lk 12:7), and He cares about everything that concerns each one of us. He is our protector. (Deut 20:4; Ps 91:7; Heb 13:6)
The Lord doesn’t forget His promises to us. He keeps each and every one. And we can be confident that the Lord will keep this promise of giving us His rewards. Praise God!
. . . knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. (Col 3:24)