REWARD VS REGRET - PART II
By: Pauline Lee
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Sometimes I take a drive in the affluent residential estates just to admire the palatial mansions with the most outstanding landscape surrounded by rolling hills of plush greenery with a majestic view of the city. Thoughts of heaven fill my mind. There are times I just say to myself "if only I can have a second chance in life,". No doubt, palaces of the earth always tempt us to thinking we are "scum backs" of society.
But God views life in a totally different light. We know the word "life" appears countless times in the Bible. Even in 2 Peter 1:3, Simon Peter says "His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness."(NIV). My business was suffering for two and a half years. But the "pit" experience has given me new hope in Jesus Christ. As I started to appreciate life and filled my days with God centered tasks, I found myself growing spiritually, sharing endlessly, and meeting new people everyday. But I never ceased praying for God's intervention in my business. The immediate verse that crossed my mind repeatedly was Philippians 4:19 - "And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus."(NIV). It has indeed taken me a longer time to write beyond the first part of my story.
Through the journey of faith, I experienced tremendous changes. A once impatient and proud person, I learnt patience and humility through full dependence on God. I learnt not to take God for granted. I learnt to be thankful for even the most basic things in life. For the months I struggled with little funds, God dealt with me to live above my problems. The good news arrived barely two months ago. God showed me a new opportunity through a vision during my devotion. But I doubt my capability to meet the challenge I knew I could not do on my own. So I asked God for help. Like Moses, doubt crept in and I began to question God. Why me? Why this? How can I do it? But God did not seem to let me go. I shared with a group of Christian businessmen and women about God's vision and my struggle. Suddenly I had access to two members of the organization who told me that they too had received a similar vision from God. They expressed interest to help me and it was certainly amazing how God responded. But I still remained faithless in myself. The challenge was new and something I never attempted. Well, God was not silent. He kept pressing on with messages of Moses in several weeks of sermons until I finally decided to proceed. As soon as I gave my "yes", God gave His first assignment. Meetings followed, activities filled my schedule and resources started to pour in.
Yes, it is wonderful when we take the first step of faith. I have been given "a second chance in life" - No, I should say many chances in life. God amazingly works His way into our lives to accomplish His purpose through our obedience. But we must first make a choice to work for the REWARD He has stored for us. If anyone who reads this is in a similar "pit" experience, do rise up and proclaim aloud Matthew 6:20 - 21. Let us store up our treasures in heaven and fulfill God's purpose in our lives. Let us not sink into depression or choose to REGRET life by abandoning the Cross. Let us set our heart on the REWARDS that God so willingly desires to pour into our lives today.