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‘No Pain, No Gain’ (2 John) by @ogetours #LAFruits Devotional

July: CONSECRATION FOR FRUITFULNESS
Reading: Psalm 119 and 2 John

@telafamily July 4

 

No Pain, No Gain

Text: “Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked so hard to achieve. Be diligent so that you receive your full reward. “2 John 8 (NLT)

A few weekends ago, my hair was such a mess. My schedule was so tight that it seemed I could not even spare an hour to get my hair done. I wished that by some magic, I could have it styled without going to a saloon. Well, that never happened. I had to intentionally decide to create the time for an appointment.

We often get caught in wishing for a reward of which we are not willing to work. We should be intentional in our choices. Yes, salvation is free, but we have to work it out ourselves (Phil 2:12). This does not mean our works saves us, simply that our response to the finished work of Christ matters.

The life of a believer is not “Que sera sera”, it is the outcome of daily decisions. If we desire to have a life experience that does not contradict the word, then we must be intentional in our continuous study and application of the word.

LEARN and APPLY: The attention we give to the word determines the reward we experience from it. We must diligently apply ourselves to the word to enjoy its rich benefits.

Pray: Dear Lord, thank You for rewarding those who diligently seek You. May we never grow weary in our walk with You, and may we enjoy our reward in full. Amen.

Written by Oge Alisigwe (@ogetours) of @thelafamily