God Always Remembers
10 For God is not unfair. He will not forget how hard you have
worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for
other Christians, as you still do. 11 Our great desire is that you
will keep right on loving others as long as life lasts, in order to
make certain that what you hope for will come true. 12 Then you will
not become spiritually dull and indifferent. Instead, you will follow
the example of those who are going to inherit God's promises because
of their faith and patience. NLT
This message was
preached May 25, 2003, at FBC Toulon, by Albert Harmon.
See it at ToulonBaptist.com
The other afternoon I had a talk with Irene Williamson's sons and
daughters-in-law. I said what do you remember about mom. They began
and talked for almost thirty minutes. It was wonderful to hear all
that they remembered about her. Not things from the last few months
but from the years when she was able. I am sure she is quite pleased
by the impression she left.
I was going over the list of those members here who have gone on
to their reward. I remember all the good things I heard about them.
Many of them I myself remember their faithful service. Many had stood
with this church for years. They had been faithful in the good times
and in the rough times. Sometimes it is quite disturbing to look at
pews where some of those saints would sit each morning. They
faithfully served on boards, as Sunday School teachers and where ever
they were needed with little or no applause. For some of them, when
life had taken most all it could take from them and they could no
longer be leaders, they were content to be followers. By their
faithful attendance and prayers they supported this church till there
I often wonder what the next generation will say about us. I read
a book once on motivation. The man said that you should begin with
your obituary. Decide what you want it to say and then live your life
so that it will. I think there is a better way. What I have found is
that much of what we do here goes unnoticed by most people.
The best way to begin is to do all that we do for God to see, for
His honor. John 5:.44 How can you believe, who receive honor from one
another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God?
God is not like people. People forget. At least they often forget
the good you do. But God never forgets. That is important because in
the final analysis it will only be important what God thinks and no
- God is not unfair
- Life is often unfair
- Bible writers do not dispute that.
- But God is not unfair.
- He is holy righteous, just and cannot even look on
- But even when life is unfair and takes a turn fo the
worse, God will still love and care about us, and ultimately
He will make everything right and just.
- Deut 32:4 He is the Rock; his work is perfect. Everything
he does is just and fair. He is a faithful God who does no
wrong; how just and upright he is! NLT
- Sometimes people get mad at God when life takes a bad
turn or things do not go how they had planned.
- But it is not God that brings on these calamities.
- Most often they are brought on by our own mistakes or
even our own sinful behavior.
- You see God's work is perfect and our is not.
- That is why we must turn to Him and not to our own
- If God does bring something into our lives, no matter
how distasteful it might be it is just and fair for God can
do nothing other than that.
- He will not forget your hard work
- Nehemiah, in all his work and self sacrifice called on God
to remember him and his good works.
- Neh 5:19 Remember, O my God, all that I have done for
these people, and bless me for it.
- Neh 13:22 Remember this good deed also, O my God! Have
compassion on me according to your great and unfailing love.
- God rewards His servants
- When Calvin was banished from ungrateful Geneva, he
said, "Most assuredly if I had merely served man, this would
have been a poor recompense; but it is my happiness that I
have served Him who never fails to reward Ills servants to
the full extent of His promise." (C. H. Spurgeon.)
- Sometimes the work that God calls us to is difficult and
long. I am reminded of an illustration by Adrian Rogers.
Adrian Rogers, former president of the Southern Baptist
Convention, tells about the man who made his sons work in
the cornfields while their peers spent the afternoon at the
swimming hole. Someone scolded the father saying, "Why do
you make those boys work so hard? You don't need all that
corn." The wise father replied, "Sir, I'm not raising corn.
I'm raising boys." -- Quoted by Marvin Hein in The Christian
Leader (Nov.21, l989). Christianity Today, Vol. 34, no.
- We often think that God has all this work to do and why
has he called us to do it. God is not concerned in the work
getting done, for by His power He could do it all in a
moment. He is more concerned about you as you grow into a
partner with God in His work.
- Known unto God--One evening a gentleman was strolling along
a street to pass the time. His attention was attracted by the
remark of a little girl to a companion in front of a fruit
store, "I wish I had an orange for ma." The gentleman saw that
the children, though poorly dressed, were clean and neat, and
calling them into the store, he loaded them with fruit and
candies. "What's your name?" asked one of the girls. "Why do
you want to know?" queried the gentleman. "I want to pray for
you," was the reply. The gentleman turned to leave, scarcely
daring to speak, when the little one added, "Well, it don't
matter, I suppose; God will know you, anyhow." (Baxendale's
Anecdotes.) (from The Biblical Illustrator Copyright (c) 2002
AGES and Biblesoft, Inc.)
- 1 Cor 15:58 So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and
steady, always enthusiastic about the Lord's work, for you know
that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless. NLT
- He will remember how you have cared for others
- It is a continued perseverance that gets the job done
- A poor woman had a supply of coal laid at her door by a
charitable neighbor. A very little girl came out with a
small fire- shovel and began to take up a shovelful at a
time and carry it to a of bin in the cellar. Someone said to
the child, "Do you expect to get all that coal in with that
little shovel?" She was quite confused by my question, but
her answer was very striking, "Yes sir, if I work long
enough." Make up for your lack of ability by abundant
continuance in well-doing, and your life-work will not be
trivial. The repetition of small efforts will accomplish
more than the occasional use of great talents. -- Charles
Haddon Spurgeon, The Quotable Spurgeon, (Wheaton: Harold
Shaw Publishers, Inc, 1990)
- That is how measures us.
- That is how we minister to God.
- In as much as you have done it to these, you have done
it to me.