Theme: IT PAYS TO SERVE GOD FAITHFULLY TILL THE END
Text: “Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.” – 1 Peter 1:6-8.
Comment: Examples abound in the Holy Bible of those who did not compromise their faith in God’s service. In the end they were blessed by God and assured of salvation by His grace. Scripture says: “Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.” Let us learn from the example of Apostle Paul who faced several persecutions, but God helped him to overcome all of them. Instead of stopping the work, these persecutions served to advertise the work of God the more and convince people of goodwill that he was not doing the work for his own personal glory. At the end he declared: “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:6-8) We too should stay the course until the end so that we could exercise similar confidence in God as St. Paul did.