Driven by Eternity Day 39
THE CONFRONTATION OF LOVE
So above all else, let love be the beautiful prize for which you run.
(1 Corinthians 13:13 TPT)
Many people know the darkness of their hearts when they come to Jesus. This is why they cry out to Him in the first place. Many others, however, have no idea just how much sin is hiding in their hearts until after they give their lives to Jesus, for it is then when He begins confronting areas of our lives that will rob us of reward on Judgment Day. (John Bevere)
This morning I’m made aware, once again, that love lives in the truth. We cannot walk in love and not operate in truth. Being nice doesn’t cut it but being harsh isn’t the answer either. Love lives in the truth even though we often mistake love as a lie. Love confronts everything that is not loving and it does so in love, for love and out of love. That sounds strange, doesn’t it? Love is the attitude and action of another or toward another. That’s why we can’t know love all by ourselves. It all starts with Jesus coming to us in love and confront us with love so that we don’t miss out on His love. We can’t afford to be afraid of love or we will miss out on life. But, we cannot embrace love if our arms are full of lies. Let God’s love deal with any and every lie in our arms so that we can embrace love in life and for life.
Driven by Eternity DAY 38
ATTITUDES FOR VICTORY
But you know…how I live, and what my purpose in life is. You know my faith and how long I have suffered. You know my love and my patient endurance. (2 Timothy 3:10 NLT)
Our faithfulness—what God will base His eternal judgment on—includes every area of life, including how we live and daily treat those around us. (John Bevere)
John Bevere brings up a topic that we easily forget about in a world that demands that we are treated right. It’s not that anyone should be treated wrong or bad but for the believer, there is more at stake than being treated right. The believer lives for heaven and knows that resentment and remorse keep him/her tied here. But resent and remorse also keep those around us tied here. The believer lives today for tomorrow believing God for now and then. We have bigger fish to fry and forgiveness is about fishing for bigger fish, greater rewards, in this life and in eternity for us and for those around us. The faithful believer is willing to suffer for salvation in their lives, the lives of those around them and for life now and then. Our purpose is His, not ours!
Driven by Eternity DAY 37
LEARNING TO MULTIPLY
As it is written, He [the benevolent person] scatters abroad; He gives to the poor; His deeds of justice and goodness and kindness and benevolence will go on and endure forever! (2 Corinthians 9:9 AMP)
The greatness of our eternal reward depends wholly upon our faithfulness to multiply what God has given us on earth. (John Bevere)
We might not admit it, but we live for rewards. There’s a promise at the end of our pathway that keeps prodding us to go on down the road we have chosen. We take what we believe, and we build on it and when it comes to God and His kingdom we work to multiply that life in and through our lives. Four words are important to multiplying in this life: (1) Sowing or investing what we know and believe in our lives. (2) Seeking or pursuing the knowledge and help that we need to increase this life. We call that prayer. (3) Sharing or working with others to see the influence of God’s plans and purposes expanding in our lives and in our world. (4) Service or helping others to know and experience the love of God in their lives too. This way of living will reveal His way of living with all its rewards.