Romans 8:24 says ” For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has?”
Sometimes you won’t always see or feel the results of your hard work for the Lord immediately, and other times it won’t be until you arrive in Heaven till you see the fruit of your labor. Have you ever gotten paid for your job immediately? That’s not how it works. And when you plant a tree or a seed of some sort, does it spring up in an instance? No! Remember, hard work for Christ pays off even when you do not see it, it takes faith to say, “Lord I did this for you with good intent in my heart, now I trust you with the outcome.”
The Lord does not expect success or harvest from us, that is his job. He does expect our obedience. Galatians 6:7 says “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family
(Hebrews 11:6) And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
(James 2:17) In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
We must take an initiative and expect God to meet us.
This has recently been revealed to me that in my past I had so much trouble letting go of certain sins as a Christian not because I loved to wallow in sin but because I deep down believed I would never break free from certain things. I think many Christians feel this way about certain besetting sins or habits.
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!
“Lord if it is you,” sometimes we like Peter can doubt if God is calling us to do something so we may ask “Lord if it is you” and then add “tell me to come to you on the water”
The water itself represents the impossible, but Jesus says “Come,” and God will never command us to do what he wont enable us to. One may say “what if he calls me to give up everything?” or “what if he calls me to die for him?” Well we know that the Apostle Paul not only gave up all for the gospel, lived for the gospel sake as well as died for the gospel sake and he would say according to : 1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.
“Not I, but the grace of God” now if Jesus commands “Come” will he not also equip?