I remember being ridiculed as a youngster ( when I felt that I was, once again, being overlooked and ignored) for whining “How about me?” This was one of myriad events that convinced me that, even when almost perfect, I was nobody and, if I screwed up, I was less than nobody.
As I often claim, and no one believes me, I am terribly shy. I had to do a discharge lecture today to 20 people rather than the usual 2. It was terrible but the Lord helped me fight through my shyness and do a decent job. So it was with difficulty that I pushed myself to offer to sing a solo at church. They seemed to have only a few who did all the solos and I thought that they just didn’t have volunteers. I was told that “We don’t want to lift up individuals so we don’t let people sing solos” That didn’t seem to jibe with having the same 3 people do all the solos including the person telling me that we don’t want stars.
When some disciples went to Jesus and asked him, “What’s in this for us?” He didn’t yell at them but pointed out that no one will sacrifice anything for the kingdom without receiving 100 fold more in return.
We are commanded to “Lay up for yourself treasures in heaven” God loves to give good gifts to us.
Think about it. How would it cause any trouble to spend our energy laying up treasure above? Of course this is achieved by giving up material things now and fame and power and relationships if necessary.
Look up the words treasure and rewards and you will be amazed on how strongly God wants us to picture and be motivated towards heavenly rewards.
There are three parts to INIQUITY a. deciding for myself what is right or wrong, b. doing what I have decided is right in my way and in my strength, c. moaning and groaning about how hard obedience is. It seems to me that all three of these are defeated by being motivated by treasure in heaven. Treasure will only be given if we ask God what he wants us to do and how he wants it done, then doing it in his strength and delighting in the privilege of being a fellow servant, soldier, and laborer and in the future reward.
As I marched through 12 years of college, I kept my focus on the prize of becoming a doctor and it made the marching a pleasure, even the not sleeping and the long hours. (Not so sure it was worth it) However, let me assure you that there will be no such second guessing about whether it was worth it when you see your pile of treasure in heaven.