Scripture tells all Christians to be hospitable – but for those of us in the service of the truth, it is a crucial matter! When we are kind, hospitable, accommodating to others who also adhere to the truth of Christ, bonds are formed that help the truth move forward. It is necessary, then, that we know why people are engaged in the work they are involved in — and it is right that we verify that they are teaching the truth — that Christ is Son of God & Savior! These partnerships will help all of us to stand firm and be encouraged when so many are following evil ways.
As for me, I am praying to the Father … asking Him to teach us to listen and give us hearts that can discern the truth. Asking Him to help us to show kindness to others who are in service to the truth – to the end that we might come together for the furtherance of the truth. Asking Him to help us to understand the power of Kingdom partnership & prepare us to welcome His servants and to receive partnerships that He may send our way!
Kindnesses shown to co-laborers of the gospel are necessary … so that partnerships that build the Kingdom of God might be strengthened.
Right now- all around us – we hear hateful words and thoughts and those words and thoughts are leading to death, destruction, terror, deception, fear and DISUNITY. It can drive a person mad!! But you know what?!? God is not oblivious to the plight of His people.
God is not affiliated with any party or politician; God is not aligned more with one race of people than another; God has no allegiance to any political platform. The foolishness of man; the wickedness of people — these things are blowing our minds, driving us to anger, moving us to fear, stirring great confusion .. but God’s children are connected to great power than just cannot be defeated!
He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. He will deliver those who have placed their trust in the name of His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.
I’m rejoicing RIGHT NOW because though I don’t know when, I do know that God’s got this! God’s got all of it – and victory is on the way!!!!
All around this globe in the midst of the enemy’s work – The Gospel of the Lord will be preached and people will be delivered out of the hand of the enemy AND He, The Almighty God, will reckon with the enemies of His people and the enemies of The Gospel! And THAT, my friends, is real victory! To my Christian friends – my brothers and sisters in Christ: Hold your peace! Let the Lord fight your battle! Victory Shall Be Ours!
I’m singing this right now! “If I hold my peace, let the Lord fight my battles; I know that the victory shall be mine, victory shall be mine. If I walk upright, all my battles He will fight; I know that the victory shall be mine, victory shall be mine.” – Rev. James Cleveland
Working in the world of global missions\international ministry/missionary service – whatever you’d like to call it 🙂 is a grand privilege. We work in the power of God to present the world with the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ! Our boss is the most powerful boss on the planet; the most virtuous; the most fair; the most loving boss in the entire world. He is loving; He wants all of us to succeed; He has equipped and called us in specific ways! He created the world and He has accomplished more than we will ever accomplish AND He will bring to pass more than we can ever hope to do in our own power! Perfect — He is absolutely perfect!
But there is, as always with humans, a little bit of a catch. We love to give honor; adoration; credit; distinction to others who have been in the same line of work – as if something that they’ve done is beyond us. It’s normal – its what we do; its what I do! We name things after those who went to the mission field 100s of years ago; we compare one another to those who have laid their lives down for the gospel and gone on to glory; we remind ourselves of what our predecessors have done. Normal ….
The truth of the matter is there was but ONE who counts as the initial missionary – He is our Christ, His name is Jesus. He left His home and throne to come down to this earth and ensure that a fallen world would be reconciled to The Creator. He is the ONE who shed His blood – and only His blood is worthy of any praise and adoration. For those of us who have believed on Him and have since been called to a life on the mission field (Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, or the uttermost parts of the earth) — we all will benefit the same; whether we were called 100s or years ago or just landed in our new place of service.
We just better be careful! There is nothing that we do that will esteem us above Him. There is nothing that we will do that will esteem us above one another. Didn’t you believe on Him to be saved?! Didn’t you answer the call out of your own love and obedience to God? Didn’t you say “Yes” because you were willing to work for His glory and not your own? Aren’t you ready to accept whatever it is He greets you with in glory, even if its not the same as Jim Elliot, Ray Buker, Mark Young, Amanda Berry Smith, George Leile, Grover Cooper or even Lloyd Chinn?!
‘If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” ‘ Genesis 4:7
I’ve experienced seeing some believers sacrifice their lives to Christ fully, and be blessed in amazing ways. Many have seen the provisions of God in ways that they could never have imagined. I’ve experienced seeing believers sacrifice their lives, in ways that seemed to be full, that have experienced a lack of the respect and fame that they were going for. As believers in Christ, Christ followers, we should surely encourage one another. But for those that are doing what He has told us to do, our hope should be ONLY to bring Him glory and to give Him full and sincere obedience. Truth is that if we allow the sin of the world to get in our hearts and minds – the sins of a desire of fame in ministry OR a desire to be considered more important than others around us … the sin will just stay right there with us, standing at the door of our hearts controlling every move we make.
Sin is standing at the door of the hearts of many people who want to be seen as brilliant, powerful, ???. Yes, this is a strong truth! Too many of us have not taken just one moment to look our enemy in the face and tell him to “get away from me! you are not helping me! you don’t care about the same things God does. You care only about things that people think are important!” (Matthew 16:23) Oh! my brothers and sisters in Christ …. Be Careful!
Looking around us right now and seeing that we, believers in Christ, seem to be letting civil leadership all over the world make us believe that one group is better than another. Just never forget that He, The Almighty God, created us all. Just never forget that He, The Almighty God, send His Son Jesus to die for us all. Just never forget that our loyalty should be leaning toward Him alone, The Almighty God.
Right now these dangerous thoughts are truly sitting right on our shoulders. The world’s powers have jealousies of one another, and their sin has passed down to some of us – building jealousy within in Body of Christ. Just makes my heart so sad. Causes many tears for me.
I encourage you to yield and submit your life and your mind completely to Him. Whether He leads you to a place or task that you love OR if He leads you into something that you don’t even understand … yield and submit to Him. You can only give him all of you if you do it completely and sincerely. Giving Him your life in ways that you believes looks like it … will cause you tremendous pain and sorrow. And then your jealousy for those that God exalts, in His own way and time, will move you to do terrible things as you try to bring them to an end. Don’t let sin have you. Don’t think that anything that you desire should be beyond a desire to bring God glory and praise!
My friend, Eulalia, wrote a song that repeats these words over and over again … Dressed In His Righteousness Alone! That song is on my heart today … “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name! On Christ, the Solid Rock, I stand! Dressed in His Righteousness Alone! Dressed In His Righteousness Alone!”
God offers us that we will be dressed in His righteousness alone. We, however, feel like we need benchmarks and check lists. We seek a law so that we can keep score; unknowingly separating ourselves from the unmerited favor of the LORD. And further, we have redefined a fall from grace to mean adultery, because this is more in line with our works baed, legalistic, self judging – view of our lives in Christ.
Sin is not the fall from grace! Self reliance is!
A fall from grace is a result of self righteousness!
I’m asking Our Father to help us, His children, be drawn to study His Word daily so that the lies we tell ourselves might be set straight! We are fooling ourselves into a belief that we are righteous, all the while stripping ourselves of the only righteousness that we can ever truly have. Our only confidence is in Christ’s shed blood! Almighty God, – help us to be satisfied with being dressed in Your righteousness alone. Help us to cherish this promise!
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.--Romans 8:38-39