Sermon Notes

March 11, 2016

The Rewards of Faithfulness

Sometimes the most radical thing we can do is show up. We see this in the life of Matthias. Matthias, mentioned just briefly in the book of Acts, never preached a sermon, wrote a noteworthy worship song or developed a fan base. Nope, he was just there.

There, with toes in the sand as Jesus was baptized. There, camouflaged amongst a backdrop of 5,000, when Jesus served everyone lunch. There, as Jesus exhaled His last breath and the sun grew dark. He had grown to love Jesus, and for God, that was enough.

When it came time to fill the void of Judas, he was selected as one of two contenders, and eventually given the title of apostle. Wow! Here is a man who is considered one of the original disciples, and all that qualified him was his love and intrigue for his savior. He had never sought for the position, the position found him.

Though his story is short, it packs a solid punch. When we genuinely love Jesus and show up, God opens doors no man can shut.

For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart (1st Samuel 16:7 NKJV).

Moses never sought notoriety. He desired to be obedient. Because of this, God considered his heart trustworthy, and he was chosen to lead millions of Israelites out of bondage. David didn’t seek a kingdom, he chased after God’s heart, and God put a crown on his head. Orphaned-Esther simply showed up when the King summoned, and she ended up in a palace . . . chosen to deliver her entire people!

When your focus is fixated on the One who calls rather than your calling, position will always find you. The key is finding satisfaction in His presence—even if it means on the back row in a crowd. A submitted, faithful heart illuminates you as a contender for His will. And you can rest in the fact that He wants you to fulfill His will for your life even more than you do!

He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6).