GET HAPPY, GET REWARDED
Isaiah 1:19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: 20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it. King James Version
Isaiah 1:19 If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land… New International Version
This is a power punched little verse that reveals a bunch about God’s heart. Look at the beginning of this verse… “If you are willing and obedient…”
I know there are many obedient Christians who are really not so willing. They don’t rejoice over the call of God, the constraint of the lord, the burden of ministry, the call to give or the needs around them. They wish they could do something else, but they can’t, so they moan and groan as they serve and give.
Not look again at God’s heart…he wants us to be willing and obedient. He rejoices over a faith-filled person. He loves a cheerful giver! He takes pleasure in us when we walk out the paths of righteousness with a happy heart. (This is only possible if we keep the reward of the Lord as our faith-filled perspective. Not the reward of the pastor, the reward of a star, badge, brownie, parking spot, spotlight or paycheck.)
How many times have you heard the “have too” attitude or heart out of a fellow Christian or your own mouth? They just missed the reward and smile of God upon their ministry, service or giving because of that “have too” attitude.
…I have to work the nursery this week
…I have to be in church this week
…I have to tithe or I’ll be under the curse
…I have to play in the band
…I have to teach this morning
…the Lord told me to do _________, so I guess I better do it…
We should never let the “have to” mind set linger in us. We are a “get to” people.
It’s a powerful thing when the Holy Spirit can persuade us to act like new creations created in His image…acting in compassion, generosity, intercession, service, kindness, etc. But if in that process we have a sour attitude, a non-willing attitude, then we have done something foolish that will keep us from our reward.