May 1, 2021 CAC Living Water Devotional : Topic – WHEN GOD SAYS ‘THANK YOU!’
LIVING WATER CAC DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
Saturday, May 1, 2021. – Workers Day/International Labour Day
WHEN GOD SAYS ‘THANK YOU!’
Read: Luke 19:12-27
Luke 19:12-27 He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.
And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.
But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.
And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.
Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.
And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.
And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds.
And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities.
And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin:
For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow.
And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow:
Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?
And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds.
(And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.)
For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.
But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.
For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. (Hebrews 6v12).
The idea of God saying ‘Thank you’ to man sounds seemingly awkward and unbelievable, if not outright impossible to many of us mortals. But, just as the writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews clearly says in Hebrews 6v10, God does not forget our good deeds! Furthermore, the Lord Jesus Christ established this cheering phenomenon in His many discourses with His early followers, just as read in our devotional scripture for today. This goes along with every portion of the New Testament where He promises rewards (Matt.10v32-44,20v1-16,25v31-46,Mk.10v27-31;Rev.2&3,22v11,12).
Sometimes we feel used, abandoned, and utterly discouraged about our so many sacrifices for fellow brethren and the Kingdom of God’s sake, just about the same as outlined by Apostle Paul in 2 CORINTHIANS 6v3-10, among many other examples. This obviously was responsible for the seeming strange attuide of the Unprofitable Servant (Lk.19v20,21). Some have prematurely and tragically lost spouses, jobs promotions and other benefits, for non-compromise. A song writer put it this way: “Oft our cherished plans have failed, Disappointments have prevailed; And we’ve wandered in the darkness, Heavy hearted and alone; But we are trusting in the Lord and According to his word: We will understand it better, By and By…”
In spite all of these, God has promised a day of saying ‘Thank you’ to as many as endure to the end. Pastor Roland Buck (1918-1979), the Presiding Minister of Central Assembly of God Christian Life Center, Boise, Idaho,USA, once suddenly encountered God through the angel of God who told him: “Toil on! Nor deem, though sore it be; if you would My disciple be; The day of rest will dawn for you; Wait meekly and murmur not. Oh wait, meekly wait and murmur not… (CAC HUB 775). May you live godly in this life to receive your “Thank you” from the Lord at the end. Amen.
1. Thank You, God the Father, for that day of divine appreciation, coming soon.
2. Count me worthy, O Lord, to hear You say, “Welcome and well done, you profitable and faithful servant. Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world (Matt.25:34).
3. Help your field men in this world, Holy Father, to be faithful to their callings for the sake of the ultimate reward, in the name of Jesus.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: 1 Samuel 18:4-20:13 Luke 20:6-20:27