I recently was given a book that explained how many ways I could profit by partnering with a certain ministry. Many, many ways. Things like this bother me, when I see people who are using the gospel to line their pockets or build their own kingdom. Everybody’s looking for profit.
So am I. Godly profit.
“For they indeed (our earthly fathers) for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He (our heavenly Father) for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.” Hebrews 12:10
This is a profit that not many are anxious to acquire. It involves suffering and patiently enduring the correcting rod of God. It is easy to profit by manipulating people into giving you money. It is much more difficult to obtain this profit that comes through the chastening of God.
How often our pride rises up when He corrects us. This is natural for fallen man, but as believers we are to learn to submit ourselves ever more entirely to the will of our Father, even when His will is to bring hardship or suffering of some type into our lives. His goal for us through these things is that we would become partakers of His holiness. If we really love God, the promise of partaking of His holiness will help us to endure the chastening. In fact, we will even find ourselves praying for correction in areas that displease Him because we have such a longing to partake in His holiness.
To be sure, our heavenly Father is good. Even when administering correction, He is good.
Godly profit – it doesn’t spend here on earth. But this isn’t home anyway.
“Partakers of His holiness,” even in chastisment. Amen! Does that promise not spur us to endure – it SO does. I couldn’t agree more Eirene. Many a time I have seen it in my own life and it never ceases to amaze, humble, and bless me. And praying for correction to drink even more deeply of His holiness in every area of our lives… yes. He is so good, so loving, so faithful. You speak such truth and so beautifully, too. Thank you.
Blessings and prayers