“And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matt. 25:30)
You are not going to sneak into the Kingdom of God, it is by invitation only, and all those who have accepted that invitation are in some form profitable to His Kingdom. It is oxymoronic in a sense, for those who believe they are, probably are not, and those who cannot see themselves as such may be more profitable than they are aware of.
My lovely wife rarely speaks to others about the Lord, this is not to say that she has not, but many of her days are spent around the same people, and once they have heard rarely do they want to hear more. Such is the way of the unprofitable. But there is rarely a time that we leave the house on even a short errand that she does not bring a Chick Tract or other item of Christian literature.
Thousands of people have found where she has placed them over the years, how many became profitable, I cannot say, but I know the truths of the Word of God in this respect. “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)
My friend, you may have rewards waiting for you in heaven that you cannot begin to imagine here in this life.
All who have been crucified with Christ are profitable, if you want to become more profitable, you must ask. You must seek His face for His glory in all that you do, you must be willing to leave this world and all it offers, you must die to self, and all only for the glory of God. Those who desire to do so must be able to say with the Lord Jesus Christ, “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” (Luke 22:42)
That is the prerequisite, that is the first step, nothing must matter more to you, not the rewards here or there, nothing must come between the desires of your heart and the Lord’s will for you.
I believe all who have been born-again truly do desire the fulfillment of this in their lives, but there are many stumbling blocks to address.
“What if He asks me to leave my family?” “And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh.” (Mark 10:8)
“What if we are called to the mission field?” “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15)
“What if He asks me to leave my employment field, or they threaten to fire me if I don’t stop speaking about Him?” “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:19)
Test yourself here, think of all the possible things that might happen to you if you say with your whole heart, “Use me,” and then find a Scripture verse that will ease that emotional fear. You will run out of excuses before you run out of verses.
How much of you are you willing to give to Him, and how much do you want to keep for yourself?
There are those who have spent decades behind the pulpit who will not receive the rewards of that mother who spends nearly every waking hour praying, there are those who have difficulty seeing much of anything in their lives as glorifying to the Almighty who will receive rewards above many.
“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;” (Col. 3:23)
The Lord sees the heart, He knows just how much to offer you, and He sees those who accept what He offers willingly, and only with one desire, that His name would be exalted above the heavens.
Those who carry their cross know better than to pick up another one before they have that first one firmly in their grasp. Do well what He has set before you, do it for His glory, if you want more He will give it to you, when it is time to do so.