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What We Get for our Faith in Jesus

May 4th, 2018

The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup;
you hold my lot.
The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. (Psalm 16:5-6 ESV)

What do we get for our faith in the Lord?

The answer is that we get the Lord Himself. He is in and of Himself sufficient for our soul’s needs.

The great temptation we each face is to think we need something else besides Him. Paul wanted Jesus and his own healing but God said, “My grace is sufficient for you” (2 Cor. 12:9). Jeremiah the prophet wanted the Lord plus his beloved city of Jerusalem, but later realized that the Lord alone was enough:

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.” (Lam. 3:22-24 ESV)

Moses wanted God plus an easier task, and a more gracious people to lead (Num. 11:11), but he learned through the challenges and losses that the Lord Himself was the real treasure of his soul.

What do you want in addition to Christ? God is gracious to His children and delights to bless them, but we should never seek the blessings of His hand more than the blessings of seeing His face. Having Him and His love, being confident that He will go with us and bless and protect us, that He will reveal to our hearts His eternal love – these are more precious than anything else and are in themselves more than enough for our soul’s desires.

We think too much of money and health and position and public respect, and all of these things are taken out of our hands at death, if not before. If these were all that God gave us, what good is He then to our souls? For to be human is much much more than these things alone! As a human created in the image of eternal God, I am more than a purse, more than a mere physical being, more than earthly praise can ever truly esteem, and more than all the respect of all the people in all the world. I am loved by God and redeemed by Christ to be His eternal child.

God offers peace in the midst of life’s storms, but more than just that. He offers us Himself. His call is always upward – away from this world and toward the heavens, toward eternity. Christ prayed:

Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. (John 17:24)

 

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