Sunday, April 4, 2010

The fruits of our labor will be our reward

Psalms 1:1-6
Psa 1:1  Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
Psa 1:2  But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
Psa 1:3  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
Psa 1:4  The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
Psa 1:5  Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
Psa 1:6  For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

When we take counsel from the ungoldly we are like the chaff and are driven back and forth.  We are unstable and our works will perish as do the ungodly.  On the other hand when we seek counsel through the word of God, we will be able to stand firm, and rooted, because we will be drinking from the living water. In order to do this we must meditate on the word of God day, and night.  The fruit of out labors will not be in vain.  The fruit of our labor  may not be seen immediately, however Psalms 1:2 tells us that in its season, meaning when it is time, the fruit of our labor will spring forth.  God says the godly will prosper. We may not see it on earth, but in heaven we will get our reward.  It is then all our works will be put to the test.  This test is mentioned in I Corinthians 3:12-21. In these verses it says that our works will be tried in the fire.  If our works abide, we will receive the reward of gold, silver, and precious stones.  If our works do not abide, then they are wood, hay and stubble and will be burned up in the fire.  This fire will bring forth the type of fruit that we have built up for ourselves in heaven. If they are burned up there will be nothing left and we will suffer loss because our labors were in vain.  If they withstand the fire, we will receive the reward, for our labors were not in vain.  Those that lose their reward are the ones who followed after the wisdom of man.  God sees this wisdom as foolishness, craftiness and vain.  Psalms 1:6  For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.  Who is it that we take our counsel from is it the ungodly, or is it from the word of God?

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