present tense - glory and honour and peace #write31days #giveaway

Like I mentioned on Monday, sharing our news has drawn a loving and supportive response and we have even discovered that a few dear families are in the same boat as us.

A few people have said to me that God will generously reward us for this kind thing we are doing.  We are grateful for their encouragement, God bless them, but the cause-and-effect feel of this word of encouragement kind of messes me up.

This verse popped up on my Instagram feed this morning:

But there will be glory and honour and peace from God for all who do good – for the Jew first and also for the Gentile.  (Romans 2:10 NLT)

After reading that, I was thinking, oh-so-out-of-context, am I secretly doing this because when I face the Father at the end of my days and He asks me What did you do with what I gave you? I want to get His holy pat on my back?  Because who doesn’t want glory and honour and peace from God?  If doing good stuff doing good stuff doing good stuff is the ticket, then sign me up.

It doesn’t really feel like it.  That turns this into a work that I’m doing for my own glory.  Besides, the “rewards” that have come our way so far are not the expected version of prosperity, but look more like a stronger, more fruitful marriage and improved parenting skills and parent-child relationships.  God has refined us in this process, not because of it.

Allow me to put the horse back in front of the cart.  We are doing this humbly (because gosh, if all I wanted was fame, I’d pick something easy like start my own juggling YouTube channel or something) and in obedience to a God who has already lavished us with so much grace and mercy that we just gotta share all that overflow.

We love him because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19 NKJV)

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