When you said, ‘It doesn’t pay to serve God. What do we ever get out of it? When we did what he said and went around with long faces, serious about GOD-of-the-Angel-Armies, what difference did it make? Those who take life into their own hands are the lucky ones. They break all the rules and get ahead anyway. They push God to the limit and get by with it.’
Then those whose lives honored GOD got together and talked it over. GOD saw what they were doing and listened in. A book was opened in God’s presence, and minutes were taken of the meeting, with the names of the GOD-fearers written down, all the names of those who honoured GOD’s name.
GOD-of-the-Angel-Armies said, “They’re mine, all mine. They’ll get special treatment when I go into action. I treat them with the same consideration and kindness that parents give the child who honours them. Once more, you’ll see the difference it makes between being a person who does the right thing and one who doesn’t, between serving God and not serving him.” (Mal 3:14)
A story is told of a time when all the Spiritual Gifts had arranged to meet in Heaven for a party ... everyone was there on time except Grace!
One hour went by, then two, then three ... when finally Grace arrived, she looked awful, as if she hadn't slept in days. Her clothes were torn and stained (with GOD only knew what). She had huge dark bags under her eyes and was desperately comforting a sobbing baby that she carried under one arm while she stroked and attempted to encourage a very frightened child under the other - she just looked 'worn out'.
Every one of the Spiritual Gifts stopped talking as she slowly took her place, and all heads and eyes dropped to the table as she simply said, “I’m really sorry for being late, but I have much to do …!”
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