|Reward- Only for the Willing by: Steven Kirkham|
"Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you."
Then Moses called to Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, "Be strong and courageous, for you shall go with this people into the land which the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall give it to them as an inheritance. The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed." (Deuteronomy 31:6-8)
Doing significant things for God's Kingdom takes courage. This is represented throughout the Scriptures. No risk, no reward. No pain, no gain.
Beginning with Noah, serving the King was neither popular, nor easy. The ark was constructed in the midst of ridicule and with much toil. Abraham ventured out with no map, no specific agenda and no goal, save that of finding a Land that was really never realized during his life. Press on to consider Moses, his call being to confront the most terrifying leader with huge demands. Joshua served by bringing a reluctant and questioning bunch into a Land filled with enemies. Capping the list is Messiah, who took courage to ascend Golgotha to die a terrible death and change the world by offering redemption to all who would receive Him.
Consider your priorities and willingness to do what is inconvenient or outside your strengths and interests. Do you find yourself retracting and practicing only what is comfortable for you? Then don't expect much. If, however, your willingness to participate in situations God places in front of you is there, expect to enjoy great results as you serve the One who provides success to willing believers.