The moment I read this verse this morning my mind went to Hebrews 12:2. This is what it says, “…who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Did you catch that first part? Followed up by what he endured? Finished off with His reward?
For me, Hebrews 12:1-2 has always been a focus on how to deal with sin, frustrations, temptations, etc… In life, there is no doubt that we will face all of these things and more. The difference between us and everyone else in the world is that we have something to look forward to. We can focus on being in the perfect presence of our God.
Hearing, “well done good and faithful servant…” is a major driving force for my life. It’s one of the major things that keep my heart focused on my actions and motives. There will come a day where all of our labor will come to an end and we will be before perfection and pure bliss will overwhelm our hearts.
There have been moments in my life where I have gotten a small taste of this glorious joy and it excites me to my core. For a while, I lost that excitement and it was hard. Day after day I was going through life seeking some sort of joy in this life. You see, the issue wasn’t that joy was gone but instead, I forgot what the center of my joy SHOULD be.
Jesus never lost focus on what He had to do here on earth. He was so focused and fixated on doing the will of His Father that nothing would come in between Him and that mission. For most of us, there are an endless amount of things that come in between us and God’s mission for our lives.
I’ll admit, I constantly wrestle with having to stay the course and not get distracted by things. To be honest, most of the distractions aren’t “bad” things and are actually “good.” The thing is, they aren’t God’s things… I think it would do us all good if we would pull ourselves back and ask if this “good” thing is a God thing or is it just good. Many of us seek after “good” things and completely forgot about God who is the giver of all things good.
This holiday season takes some time to sit back and examine what “good” things may be in your life that isn’t God’s things. Maybe your heart is weighed down with things that God never had for you. Maybe you are stressed and worried about too many things because God is not amid YOUR desire. When we are in the midst of what God desires for us, there is endless joy. When we start getting outside of His desire and start focusing on OUR desire the joy slowly fades… Don’t let the joy fade fam… Focus on being a good and faithful servant who will one day enter into the joy of our master…
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