Wednesday, October 13, 2021

What to do...What to DO

What to do...What to DO

Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle. 2 THESSALONIANS 2:15 

Paul says, “Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle” (2 Thessalonians 2:15). The daily news can discourage us. But in the midst of it all, there is Jesus and His encouragement. We need to cultivate our relationship with Him until He is not just one of the things in our life; He is the one thing in our life—the focus of who we are. “Comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work,” Paul goes on to say. This is not the time to wear a white robe, sit on a fence, and passively wait for the Lord’s return. This is a time to use the powers and energy you have and get busy for God. The most simple objective of Christians is not only to go to heaven but to take as many people with us as we can. Share the Gospel, teach children, build up one another, strengthen one another, encourage those who are fallen, and reach out to those who are hurting. In every good work, “occupy till I come” (Luke 19:13 KJV), said the Lord. This is no time for idleness. This is a time for us to seek the truth and live it out every day. - Dr. David Jeremiah Morning and Evening 

Let's recount a few things this morning...

Luke 10:2 "And He was saying to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore plead with the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest."

Colossians 3:23-24 "Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve."

Read again the Gospels where Jesus teaches about working in the King’s fields.  

We are to be the answer to the prayers of the generations before us concerning being about the Father's business. It started with Jesus Himself telling His Disciples to begin praying for this. 

Somehow it's connected but realize where you come from as a believer helps with the right perspective and set of priorities in life. Of wearing the full armor of God as written in Ephesians. Of the laying aside of self and embracing God's work in you to reach others as Jesus said in Luke 10:2.

What might be connected?  The hymn "At Calvary".

Years I spent in vanity and pride,

Caring not my Lord was crucified,
Knowing not it was for me He died on Calvary.

Mercy there was great and grace was free,
Pardon there was multiplied to me,
There my burdened soul found liberty–
At Calvary.

By God's Word at last my sin I learned–
Then I trembled at the Law I'd spurned,
Till my guilty soul imploring turned to Calvary. [Refrain]

Now I've giv'n to Jesus ev'rything,
Now I gladly own Him as my King,
Now my raptured soul can only sing of Calvary. [Refrain]

O the love that drew salvation's plan!
O the grace that brought it down to man!
O the mighty gulf that God did span at Calvary. [Refrain]

You have to remember where you came from to know where you should be going. 

You weren't saved in order to waste life fully living for yourself. 

As one thing I read recently pointed out. It will not be your occupation that you will be thanked for by Jesus. The Bible says He will say "Well done good and faithful servant". 

To be this you must be obedient to God's Word.  Must be living life doing what He puts in front of you to do.  This world contains trillions of distractions. Even my employer jokes about it at training videos. The average attention span for humans is now less than it is for a goldfish. 

We who are in God's armor ought to be in the Father's business not off doing things that are of no benefit to the cause of Christ. It's hard. But realize again Colossians 3:23. "Whatever you do".  Work at life as if you are doing it for Jesus. Give your best not your leftovers. As Scripture also says live life in such a way that even people who aren't saved can see and know that the results come from God. 

It's back to the simplicity of salvation. 

A light doesn't have a difficult job. A light has but one job. To shine as INTENDED.  NOT to be hidden under anything.  Not to be tucked away. It matters not where that light is located it has the same job. In schools, in the workplace, in the car, in the country or in the city.  As the oft joked about thing of "you had ONE job!". Yes, yes we do as believers.  Our job is to shine Christ's life in us so that others may see for the first time. 

There are no couch potatoes being celebrated in Heaven. Regardless of your appearance or apparent physical life, if you have a brain and are saved you are to be a servant of God first. 

Prayer is for everyone to do. Everyone starts there in receiving Christ Jesus for salvation. That's but one end of the bookends of your life. The other is to hope to hear Jesus tell you "Well done good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Master."

All believers have a job to do. Pray. Find out what yours is. Then get moving. Time is short. Jesus said in Luke 12:42-43 "And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and sensible steward, whom his master will put in charge of his servants, to give them their rations at the proper time? Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes."

For that matter read all of Luke 12. It was written concerning serving and the end times in which WE live.

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