Friday, April 26, 2013

"The Reward Of Occupying"

"And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come." Luke 19:13
Some of my family and I were talking yesterday about how fast time is going. The days are turning into weeks and it is the end of the month before the month has barely begun. It does seem as though time is speeding up. Whether it is speeding up or not, there are only so many hours in a day, days in a week, weeks in a month and months in a year. And we aren't promised any more time. We aren't promised our next breath, much less another day. 
The Bible tells us to "occupy" while we are here-- tend to business. How are you occupying? What are you doing with your time? How are you spending it? Are you spending it on foolish things that only waste it? Are spending it on something productive? Are spending it totally on self? Are spending it coveting after more? Are you spending it on temporal things? Are you spending it on eternal things? 
Some follow the world's motto, "Grab all the gusto you can. You only go around once". They believe that life is intended solely to be spent on self and selfish pleasure-- they think to do otherwise would be a waste. Spending it on eternal things is never a waste. It is a waste not to. (Don't misunderstand. The Lord wants us to enjoy life, but enjoy it in Him.) 
When we spend it all on self, we will get a temporary reward. The reward is the pleasure it brings us at the moment, the applaud of men for a time, the joy and thrill of it for a season. But when we spend it on eternal things, the reward may not always be evident here but we will have an eternal reward. It is the rewards of hearing the Heavenly Father tell us, "Well done.", of living in heaven forever, of eternal joy and peace, of seeing others there because of your work of occupying yourself with eternal things. So occupying ourselves more with eternal things than temporary pleasures is never wasted, it actually brings a greater reward.
Have a great day. When you occupy yourself with temporary pleasures, you gain a temporary reward. When you occupy yourself with eternal things, you will receive an eternal reward.
For further reading:
Matthew 6:20
Luke 19:17
2 John 1:8
Revelation 22:12
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