Job well done

Luci Swindoll writes in “Irrepressible Hope Devotional”, “Continue trusting God with your needs and desires. He will make a way for you to do the things you think you can’t, meet the demands that seem impossible, and reap the rewards for a job well done.”

Think of the many rewards we have received from a job well done. If we think on jobs that have been aborted and no reward we may lose heart. Proverbs 3:5,6 NKJV says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart…and He shall direct your paths.”

Hopefully, we will chose to follow the path the Lord leads us down, do a bang up job and reap our rewards.

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7 thoughts on “Job well done

  1. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart AND HE SHALL DIRECT YOUR PATHS” is a wonderful quote. However, many of us are praying and asking, continually of God ‘what path do You have for me (us) to take, now?’ One of the difficult things for some of us is to wait upon the Lord till He shows us the specific path He has for us to take at a particular time in our lives. Sometimes we know as it’s told to us in a prophecy from a true servant of God. Sometimes we know because the Spirit reveals to our heart and then confirms it in some instance or through the Word of God or through the Body of Christ. But sometimes, the path seems obscure and though we seem to seek Him and pray and enquire, we feel nothing forthcoming.
    I have read some interesting passages in a book titled “The Love as A Way of Life by Gary Chapman & Elisa Stanford. There is a chapter on waiting on the Lord for direction for a path to follow. They quote Isaiah
    55:9 that says “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are MY ways higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts”.
    Chapman says, “When we know that God is loving and just we don’t have to understand His ways in order to be at peace in the midst of a (situation) or a petitioning of the Lord. We can accept that God operates on His own timetable.” Then he writes the words to the old hymn of Frederick William Faber…
    “We must wait for God, meekly in the wind and wet
    In the thunder and the lightening
    In the cold and in the dark
    Wait and He will come
    HE NEVER COMES TO THOSE WHO DO NOT WAIT”
    Through this I understand that, yes, God wants me to pray and seek His will for myself, for my church, etc. But I must be willing to WAIT and WAIT and WAIT, “but ACTIVELY WAITING for God..being aware of what He is doing day by day and following Jesus’ example that He set for us. The 30 years of WAITING were also part of Jesus’ calling”
    That give great hope for the answer to be manifested for God does have the answer and He wills to make it known to us. Praise God for that.

  2. While reading Smith Wigglesworth’s sermon, “Lord what will thou hath me to do?” The following are some great lines from this sermon: ” God wants us to see that the power of God coming upon people has something more in it than we have yet known. The power to heal and to baptize is in this place, but you must say, “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” You say it is four months before the harvest. If you had the eyes of Jesus you would see that the harvest is already here. The devil will say you can’t have faith; you tell him he is a liar. The Holy Ghost wants you for the purpose of manifesting Jesus through you. Oh, may you never be the same again! The Holy Spirit moving upon us will make us to be like Him, and we will truly say, “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?”

  3. Those that I see and admire most that do a job well done pay attention to detail throughout; don’t cut corners or skimp; give it their consistent and trustworthy all with a great attitude; complete it on time according to schedule; give thoughtful consideration to and incorporate others gifts and talents effectively; and have as a priority a heart motive to please the Lord first and foremost.

    A job well done, according to His will and standards, pleasing to the Him, brings peace and rest no matter how difficult doing the job is. Somehow I think it’s a part of entering into the rest that God promises for those who are able to completely do it His way.
    Surely they will hear the commendation we long to hear from Him:
    ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.” Matt 25:21

    “There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience. ” Heb 4:9-11

  4. More from Smith Wigglesworth. This seems like a job well done and how to know the path God has for you:
    “You are not going to get it without having His presence; His presence changes you. You are not going to be able to get the results without the marks of the Lord Jesus. The man must have the divine power within himself; devils will take no notice of any power if they do not see the Christ. “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?” The difference between these men was they had not the marks of Christ, so the manifestation of the power of Christ was not seen.

    You want power: don’t take the wrong way. Don’t take it as power because you speak in tongues, and if God has given you revelations along certain lines don’t take that for the power; or if you have even laid hands on the sick and they have been healed, don’t take that for the power. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me…” (Luke 4:18); that alone is the power. Don’t be deceived; there is a place to get where you know the Spirit is upon you, so you will be able to do the works which are wrought by this blessed Spirit of God in you, and the manifestation of His power shall be seen, and people will believe in the Lord.”

  5. “There is a way that seems right to a man and appears straight before him but the end of that way is death.” (Prov. 16:25) The danger is that we think we are doing the work of the Lord, as Rena quoted Wigglesworth above. Many of us have heard the story told by Kenneth Hagin about himself. He knew he had the call of God on his life and so he pastored a wonderful church for 12 years; people got saved, healed, not one person in the congregation died during those 12 years. He said that he felt he was doing the work of the Lord and it sure sounds like it! But at the end of 12 years, the Lord spoke to him…”I never told you to pastor a church. I called you as a teacher and preacher of FAITH” Wow!
    That is a lesson in God’s mercy and forgiveness but it is also a wake up call to all of us who truly want to do the work of the Lord and follow the path He has for us. But to wait until we have the clearing on a ministry takes diligence and perseverence and patience.

  6. I believe that if we are in the place Smith Wigglesworth speaks of you will wait because there is no other choice, “You are not going to get it without having His presence; His presence changes you. You are not going to be able to get the results without the marks of the Lord Jesus. The man must have the divine power within himself; devils will take no notice of any power if they do not see the Christ. “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?” The difference between these men was they had not the marks of Christ, so the manifestation of the power of Christ was not seen.”

    ‘Waiting’ is like cotton candy (that is for those of us that love cotton candy on the boardwalk of a beautiful ocean breezy evening)….

  7. Dr. Dwight Pentecost has a great teaching on “The Judgement Seat” ie Bema. A judgement for believers where Jesus takes a look at our works and motives while on earth to see our eternal position. He says our goal should be to please a person, and that person is Jesus. Listening to this teaching today gave me a new incentive to make sure I am doing the right thing at the right time with the right motive and that it well pleases Jesus. Then I will hear a job well done and receive eternal rewards. How wonderful!

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