Has anyone ever stopped you on the street, or on a school campus, to ask you for directions?" I've often been stopped by people on Mt Rubidoux, and asked for directions. I often wonder if it’s because I have an honest face, or look trustworthy. I've considered the possibility that it’s only because I look as if I know where I'm going. And boy, do I know where I'm going, and even, "Whom I have Believed." Well, whatever the case may be, I attract the lost.
That should be true of each of us, in the spiritual sense. As Believers, we have purpose and direction, because we know where we’re going, and even how to get there. But of being about our FATHER'S business, and reaching the lost; "are we continually aware?"
This should be true of each of us, as we go about fulfilling our calling to LOVE the lost, and reach out to them, at any cost. I Believe that when this kind of confidence is evident to others, the lost will look to us for direction. Why? Well, because we know where we’re going, and that our LORD'S return is near."
Our LORD promised the Jewish people to return them to their homeland, after two days." Two days?" Yes!
And with that in mind, consider 2nd Peter 3:8-9 that expounds: But, Beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with The LORD one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The LORD is not slack concerning HIS promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
[Repentance?"] Yes, repentance from refusing to embrace The WORD of The LIVING GOD - JESUS CHRIST. And choosing instead, to do the will and desires of the devil.
For we who have repented of walking in darkness, are to embrace The WORD of The LIVING GOD - JESUS CHRIST, "Who has always maintained a PRESENCE on earth so that people could find HIM.
HIS first "LIGHT" for the world was in the beginning, when in Genesis 1:3 GOD'S WORD - JESUS CHRIST, said: "Let there be LIGHT"; and there was LIGHT.
[And then, GOD continued by saying: And GOD saw The LIGHT, that it was good; and GOD divided The LIGHT from the darkness.
[Thus, this brings me to John 3:19-21 where the condemnation of unbelieving men is revealed, by GOD, saying: And this is the condemnation, that The LIGHT has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than LIGHT, because their deeds were evil.
For everyone practicing evil hates The LIGHT and does not come to The LIGHT, lest his deeds should be exposed.
But he who does The TRUTH comes to The LIGHT, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in GOD.
[So those of us who have embraced The WORD of The LIVING GOD, in TRUTH; Walk doing the will of GOD, in TRUTH."
Because we Believe The WORD of The LIVING GOD!"
And because we do, "we have been grafted into GOD'S olive 🫒 tree. Israel. 🇮🇱 Who for our benefit, Beloved. "Stumbled."
To support what I'm saying,
I point you to Romans 11:11-19.
Consider how it reads: I say then, have they stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not!
But through their fall, to provoke them to jealousy, salvation has come to the Gentiles.
["Yes, to us, Beloved, who are not by birthright, Jews."]
Now if their fall is riches for the world, and their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more their fulness!
For I speak to you Gentiles; inasmuch as I am an apostle to the Gentiles: I magnify my ministry, if by any means I may provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh and SAVE some of them. For if their being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be but LIFE from the dead?
For if the firstfruit is HOLY, the lump is also HOLY; and if the root is HOLY, so are the branches. And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of The ROOT and fatness of the olive tree, do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support The ROOT, but The ROOT supports you.
["HALLELUJAH, Beloved Brethren, that The ROOT," The WORD of The LIVING GOD - JESUS CHRIST; "supports us, who have Believed, and recieved
So rejoice, Beloved, that we have been grafted into the HOLY nation of Israel, by FAITH in The WORD of The LIVING GOD.
And because we have; Isaiah 42:6-7 speaks to me and you, saying: "I, The LORD, have called you in RIGHTEOUSNESS,
And will hold your hand; I will keep You and give you as a covenant to the people. As a LIGHT to the Gentiles,
To open blind eyes,
To bring out prisoners from the prison,
Those who sit in darkness from the prison house.
We are they, "who are spoken of here," in this passage of SCRIPTURE.
And we are they, Beloved, of whom Solomon prayed of, "that as we preach "The GOOD NEWS of The RISEN CHRIST," GOD’S GREAT NAME would draw many people to HIMSELF.
Consider how 1st Kings 8:41-43 reveals each of us, by saying": Moreover, concerning, a foreigner who is not of your people Israel, but has come from a far country for YOUR NAME'S sake (for they will hear of YOUR GREAT NAME and YOUR strong HAND and outstretched ARM), when he comes and prays towards this temple, hear in HEAVEN YOUR dwelling place, and do according to all for which the foreigner calls to YOU, that all the peoples of the earth may know YOUR NAME and fear, as do YOUR people Israel, and that they may know that this temple which I have built is called by YOUR NAME.
["Called by The LORD'S NAME?
Our LIGHT, "The LIGHT of the Jewish nation culminated in JESUS CHRIST, “The LIGHT of the world,” which is The WORD of The LIVING GOD, become flesh. Thus, John 9:5 declares: As long as I AM in the world, I AM The LIGHT of the world.
And now we, as followers of JESUS CHRIST - The WORD of The LIVING GOD. Are The Light of the world.
And because we are in HIM, our LORD, says to us in Mathew 5:14-16 You are the Light of the world.
A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives LIGHT to all who are in the house.
[And GOD’S instruction, for each of us, continues by saying.]
Let your Light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and GLORIFY your FATHER in HEAVEN.
And so, knowing that we are the Light of the world, and Ambassadors for CHRIST; it is our responsibility to show people The WAY to be reconciled to GOD.
For if we will not take our calling to heart, and be the watchmen, which GOD, has called us to be.
Ezekiel 3:17-19 speaks to us, saying: "Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a WORD from MY MOUTH, and give them warning from ME:
When I say to the wicked, 'You shall surely die,' and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to SAVE his LIFE, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand.
'Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your Soul.