Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Eat Your Food Zoe - Now Think On This by Steve Martin

Eat Your Food Zoe

Now Think On This
Steve Martin


"Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end." Jesus Christ, Yeshua HaMashiach (Revelations 22:12-13, NASU)


Do you like to get a reward? Don’t you feel a bit more inspired to achieve something if there is a “carrot at the end of the stick”?

OK, for the young ones under 30 - you may not know what that old school saying means. So how about this one, “Do what I tell you to do and you will get an iPhone for your birthday.” Got it?

We have a dog. Her name is Zoe Girl Martin (full name on her pedigree papers). She is a Dachshund - a wiener do, a hot dog. And she is a bit overweight for being 10, or 70 years in human terms. (But don’t we all…)

Zoe likes to eat. Dog food. Human food. Any kind of food. I know, that isn’t the best for her, but when she looks at you with those beautiful brown eyes, and whimpers her sweet, sweet sounds, what can I say? A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do.

Zoe - her Facebook profile photo from 5 years back. (Just kidding.)
She didn't want me showing yesterday's photo. Must be a girl thing.

What Zoe likes best, as I imagine all dogs do, are the treats. Give them a treat as a reward for being obedient and they do what you want them to do. They may not completely understand that doing what is good to do is good to do anyway, but dangling a treat in front of her helps her achieve the proper goal.

When there are times Zoe doesn’t necessarily like her same old, same old food for supper, we remind her of the treat she gets once her plate is all cleaned up. For her, nothing is better than a “rawhide” bone, or a real steak bone rarely (or medium rare) brought home from Longhorn Restaurant. (My favorite!)

Amazing how it works. When you are given the promise of a reward after a job well done, or obeying a command even when you don’t understand why, but know that the reward is worth the blood, sweat and tears, then you find the strength and courage to do it. Whatever it takes. Right? Say yes.

Your faith in the Person doing the promising gives you the hope and the will to press on.

“You who bring good news to Tziyon, get yourself up on a high mountain; you who bring good news to Yerushalayim, cry out at the top of your voice! Don’t be afraid to shout out loud!

Say to the cities of Y’hudah, “Here is your God! Here comes Adonai Elohim with power, and his arm will rule for him. Look! His reward is with him, and his recompense is before him.” Isaiah 40:9-10, Complete Jewish Bible)

“The righteous shall rejoice when he sees the vengeance; He shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked, so that men will say, "Surely there is a reward for the righteous; surely He is God who judges in the earth." (Psalms 58:10-11, NKJV)

Max Greiner, Jr. artwork design (Look here.)

"Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end." Jesus Christ, Yeshua HaMashiach (Revelations 22:12-13, NASU)

Our Lord Jesus Christ promises us a reward. The one that counts in the end.

Even after He Himself lived, died, buried and rose again; even after He saved us, called us, and sends His Holy Spirit to be with us every day and everywhere, He STILL promises us a reward at the end of our time.

To put it another way, as does the well-known saying, “Such a deal.” It is the real deal.

What other encouragement do we need to hear, obey, do His will, and get the job done?

Be encouraged today. His reward here on earth and eternal life in heaven should be enough to spur you on until the end.

Now think on this,

Steve Martin
Founder
Love For His People, Inc.



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