When you work to earn something; that “something” is your reward. Walking in the righteousness, blessing and favor of God requires our belief in and devotion to Him. If by being righteous we hope to earn something (blessing/favor) from Him — then it is not the right motive.
If we are called to a particular task in the body, we must do it out of devotion to and love for Him in order that He might grant us favor and blessings. Because if we do it for a certain blessing and then receive that thing — our wages have been paid. How much more will we receive when we stop working for favor and start serving out of devotion to Him?!
Father, correct our motives. Help our hearts to discern rightly what we are to do for You and for Your Kingdom. Teach us to serve out of our gratitude for Calvary; and out of our gratefulness that You have dressed us in Your own righteousness; clothing of splendor and honor that we could NEVER purchase on our own!!
Now to the one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due. Romans 4:4
The peace and favor of God cannot rest upon those who live in opposition to His divine law.
The people of God depend upon the deliverance of God every moment of every day. When we see the victory of the Lord we proclaim His greatness and our devotion to Him. But when our lives are peaceful and all is well, we often forget the Lord altogether and go our own way – until the new calamity. We are His chosen ones – which means His desire is to bless us and to be in relationship with us, but He is a jealous God – meaning He is not to be taken for granted. We must realize that our lives belong to Him! He Is Our King! We Are His Subjects! We are under the rule of His kingdom. We must remember that we must honor, glorify and obey Him every day of our lives and that it is unacceptable to only worship and obey Him in the midst of trouble. When we treat the Lord like a genie in a bottle or like a magic bullet for our problems – we set up ourselves to live in the wrath of God! He desires to have us live in His peace and He desires that we walk in His favor – but we must understand what it means to be subject to the King every day. Our lives are not our own, are they? Our lives are hidden in Christ – isn’t that true? We can’t get to Christ to experience our hidden lives unless we come through the Father (the King), isn’t that true? If we want abundant life – our devotion to the King cannot waiver.
Father, when I find myself in the midst of calamity that is brought on by my own disobedience, quicken my spirit swiftly so that my heart will be turned back to You. May my heart’s desire every day be to please You, to honor You and to yield my will to Yours. Uphold me with Your Holy Spirit and please do not cast me away from Your presence. Amen
Amos 3:2 “You only have I chosen among all the families of the earth;
Therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.”