Monday, February 20, 2012

A High Honor in the Lord's Coming Kingdom

Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"
There are some things that the Lord does that to Him are just pure "fun." For example, if He sees someone who is down and out, someone whom the world despises or has rejected, discouraged, brokenhearted--what the Lord loves to do is to come to that person and show special kindness or "much more abounding grace" to him (cf. Rom. 5:20).

One class of people in ancient Israel were on a one-way street going nowhere--no future before them; their present life was thought to be the end of the road; they had no future to look forward to; God had apparently forgotten them. (The Lord loves to help such people extravagantly!) But otherwise, they were hopeless.

So, people thought.

But we find that the Lord God Himself waxes eloquent in His assurances of rich blessings to this particular group of hopeless people--they were the "eunuchs" in that society. On that one-way street going nowhere. But look:

Isaiah 56 is a long list of extravagant blessings the Lord will pour on "the eunuchs who keep My Sabbaths, who choose to do My will and hold fast to My covenant, shall receive something [from Me] better than sons and daughters [can you imagine that!], a memorial and a name in My own house and within My walls, ... an everlasting name, … imperishable for all time" (vss. 4-5, NEB).
Nobody can have a higher place of honor than that in the Lord's coming kingdom!

Perhaps you are a "eunuch" in a spiritual sense: you feel that your life has no point, no purpose, no future; read of these great blessings in Isaiah 56 that the Lord promises you, and appropriate them to yourself, and then thank Him for giving you such a high honor in His kingdom now and forever.

Your service to the Lord will be that which His love [agape] constrains you to do (cf. 2 Cor. 5:14-19). No "self" in it; from now on, "self" is "crucified with Christ" (cf. Gal. 2:20).

Oh, joy of life!

--Robert J. Wieland

From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: August 2008.
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