Updated: Mar 4
Things don't just come to you through will power alone. There is an action that must be taken. Faith is the action. If you want to reap the reward at the end of your journey, never stop working your faith.
Faith Is a Work in and of Itself
We cannot earn heaven , but we must be committed to doing what it takes to reap the reward. Anything worth having takes work. God wanted to reconcile us to Him. He had to send His Son Jesus to accomplish His desire (John 3:16). Jesus' Work was finished on the Cross. Our work will be accomplished through faith. Working our faith takes some reaching; some stretching out our mind in order to touch or grasp the object of our affection. Faith begins in the heart after hearing God's Word (Romans 10:17). The mind is the part of the body that needs to stretch out on our hearts faith. To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see (Hebrews 11:1). What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.(James 2:14,26).
The Battle is in the Mind
Once we believe through faith, we are in a battle for our lives. The battle is in our minds. Our minds will war against our heart to fight against our faith in God. "(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled (2 Corinthians 10:4-6). Put away idols. An idol is any person, object or activity you give a higher priority in your life than a relationship with God.
The Destination Rewards the Journey
Keep working your faith. You will receive a just reward. ".... I don't consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:13-14). In conclusion, my friends, fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honorable (Philippians 4:8). And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ (Colossians 3:23-24)