I pray that we each had a Blessed celebration yesterday." For after Believing The GOSPEL of CHRIST, we have each been called to celebrate HIM, Who is The RESURRECTION and The LIFE!"
Yes, The One Who Is The WAY, The TRUTH, and The One Who has brought LIFE and IMMORTALITY to LIGHT through The GOSPEL."
We have each been called to celebrate HIM, and to strive to GLORIFY HIM." And because we each have, "I ask you, if you recall the rivalry between the disciples, and how they argued over having the best seats in The KINGDOM of HEAVEN?
Let me share the account with you, and get your thoughts on their ambitious conduct." And then please consider how even today, many disciples desire to possess a high rank in the soon coming, KINGDOM of GOD.
Mark 10:35-45 reveals it like this: Then James and John the son's of Zebedee, came to HIM, saying, "Teacher, we want you to do whatever we ask." And HE said to them, "What do you want ME to do for you?"
They said to HIM,
"Grant us that we may sit, one on your right HAND and the other on YOUR left, in YOUR GLORY." But JESUS said to them, "You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I AM baptized with?" They said to HIM, "We are able." So JESUS said to them, "You will indeed drink the cup that I drink, and with the baptism I AM baptized with you will be baptized; but to sit on MY right HAND and on MY LEFT is not MINE to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared."
And when the ten heard it, they began to be greatly displeased with James and John. But JESUS called them to HIMSELF and said to them,
"You know that those who are considered rulers over the gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them.
Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all.
For even The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give HIS LIFE a ransom for many."
[Did you catch that, Beloved?" And to give HIS LIFE a ransom for many." I could only wish, that that SCRIPTURE read, All?" But sadly,😥 not All will embrace The WORD of The LIVING GOD." And because most people reject JESUS CHRIST," they will find themselves counted among the rebellious," who will not LOVE, and embrace their CREATOR.
They will be counted among the rebellious men spoken of in Luke 19:12-14. There, we read: Therefore HE said: "A certain nobleman went into a far country to recieve for HIMSELF A KINGDOM and to return. So HE called ten of HIS servants, delivered to them ten minas, and said to them, 'Do business till I come.'
[But because the vast majority of the world hates doing the will of GOD. Luke 19:14 speaks of them, saying]: But HIS citizens hated HIM, and sent a delegation after HIM, saying, 'We will not have this Man to rule over us.'
Because many are they who refuse to embrace The WORD of The LIVING GOD," I wholeheartedly praise GOD, that we don't!"
Right!" I praise GOD, that we LOVE JESUS CHRIST."
And because we do, we aim to be about our FATHER'S business, by sharing "The GOOD NEWS."
For after seeing our reward and Treasure for doing so." We will be rejoicing, and not singing the blues."
So I ask you, Beloved,
"What rank do you believe we will have, and what will be our portion in The KINGDOM?"
I understand that in some cultures, the title below your name on a business card is very important. It identifies your "rank." The way you are treated depends on your title.
Especially when your title is compared with others around you. If Paul had a business card, it would've identified him as an “apostle,” meaning “sent one.”
1st Timothy 1:1 gives us a good example of what Paul's business card might've looked like, by saying: Paul, an apostle of JESUS CHRIST, by the commandment of GOD our SAVIOR and The LORD JESUS CHRIST, our Hope.
The apostle Paul used this title not out of pride but out of wonder. He didn’t earn that position; it was granted to him “by the commandment of GOD our SAVIOR, and The LORD JESUS CHRIST.” In other words, his was not a human but a DIVINE appointment.
How do we know this?" Well, because in verse 13 of 1st Timothy, Paul tells us that he had formerly been a “blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man.” And in verse 15, "Paul affirms to each of us, that he considered himself to be the “chief” of sinners. But because of GOD’S MERCY and GRACE, he was now an apostle, ["a sent one"] to whom “The KING Eternal” had committed The Glorious GOSPEL and whom HE had sent out to share it with others. To LOVE his neighbors and care about their Eternal Destination."
Ring a Bell?"
I don't know about you, but I think that it's amazing, that like the apostle Paul, we are each sent by The KING of kings, to reach this lost and dying generation?" And because we are, I pray that we would!" For from what I've gathered," The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.
And because we are but a few, in Mathew 25:26,
The LORD pointedly says these WORDS: 'You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed.
So you ought to have deposited MY money with the bankers.
My money with the bankers? Yes, for every Soul is precious to GOD, and "Soul winning," is our LORD'S business.
And each of us who Believe, after being approved by GOD. Have been entrusted with The GOSPEL to speak, not as pleasing men, but GOD Who tests our hearts.
Thus, we are to be about our FATHER'S business.
For when we finally focus our eye's, on our Beloved LORD, "How many of us, will remember HIM saying these WORDS from John 14:9-10?
He who has seen ME, has seen The FATHER; so how can you say, "Show us The FATHER?
We LOVE, and Believe, The FATHER of all creation. Yes, HE Who says in Revalation 1:8
"I AM The Alpha and The Omega, The Beginning and The End." Says, The LORD, "Who is and Who was and Who is to come,
Because we know that there will be no unbelievers in HEAVEN.
We know that we won't hear The LORD say these WORDS: Do you not believe that I AM in The FATHER, and The FATHER in ME?
We Believe, Beloved Brethren!"
And because we Believe," we know that The VOICE that spoke to Moses from a burning bush. "Is the same WORD, and VOICE, that spoke to Lazarus, in John 11:43, saying: "Lazarus, come forth!"
And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with grave clothes. And his face was wrapped with a cloth. JESUS said to them, "Loose him, and let him go."
And because The WORD of The LIVING GOD, Beloved, has POWER over death, Hell, and the grave. Matthew 28:18-20 tells us that our LORD spoke these POWERFUL WORDS: "All authority has been given to ME in HEAVEN and on earth.
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in The NAME of The FATHER and of The Son and of The HOLY SPIRIT,
teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; And lo, I AM with you always, even to the end of the age." AMEN.
And because our LORD is with us, Beloved." Acts 1:8 assures us, saying: But you shall recieve POWER when The HOLY SPIRIT has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to ME in JERUSALEM, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
I hope that we would each recognize with humility, that we don’t deserve the privilege of being given such a commission. It is our great privilege to represent HIM Who on The Cross, died representing us.
For HE died, as us!"
Consider how Romans 6:8-10 assures us of this, by saying: Now if we died with CHRIST, we believe that we shall also live with HIM, knowing that CHRIST, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over HIM. For the death that HE died, HE died to sin once for all; but the LIFE that HE lives, HE lives to GOD.
And because we live to GOD, and for The GLORY of GOD. We live to share HIS Eternal TRUTH, rejoicing for everyone, who recieves JESUS, in TRUTH!"
For it's only because we Believe, that we speak, and live for