Dare 2B Daring - June 26, 2018
A daily devotional published by Risk Takers for Christ, Inc.
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“Someone’s sitting in the shade today, because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” – Warren Buffet
Question: What character trait does virtually every criminal have in common?
Answer: An uncontrollable urge for instant gratification.
Drug addicts want a high…NOW. Armed robbers want money…NOW. Murderers want revenge…NOW.
Even so-called “white collar” criminals fall victim to the same all-consuming craving. Whether it is power, fame, wealth or some other fleeting fantasy, they are unwilling to sit back, work hard and wait for it to happen. Instead, they go out and grab it…only to be grabbed back.
On the contrary, the Christian life is all about delayed gratification. Saying no to fleshly desires, we focus – or try to focus – on eternal matters. That means putting off earthly pleasures for a season…or maybe even a lifetime…because we know what awaits us “on the other side” is far better.
Read what the writer of Hebrews says about delayed gratification in 11:35-40…
“Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented – of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth. And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.”
Did you catch that last verse? Having been tortured, mistreated and martyred, they still didn’t receive all that God had promised them. But they will someday, you can bet on it, and it will be a glorious day indeed.
The same goes for us, my friend, if we continue to fix our eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2); crucify our flesh (Galatians 5:24); and hang in there…just…a…little…longer (Galatians 6:9).
“For whosoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” Matthew 16:25-26 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President