YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW

 

A lot of things that we do every day affects others in either a negative, or a positive way. Example: love begets love, and hate begets hate. This week I want to look at how the actions of a few people affected the fate of a whole nation.

 

Because of their disobedience to God, the Jewish nation of Israel was nearly destroyed at the hands of Babylon in 586 B.C., and were taken into captivity. The following verses describe the act of Jerusalem turning away from God as harlotry. 

Jer 23: 14 I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.

Ez 16: 1 Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 2 Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know her abominations,……13 Thus wast thou decked with gold and silver; and thy raiment was of fine linen, and silk, and broidered work; thou didst eat fine flour, and honey, and oil: and thou wast exceeding beautiful, and thou didst prosper into a kingdom. 14 And thy renown went forth among the heathen for thy beauty: for it was perfect through my comeliness, which I had put upon thee, saith the Lord GOD. 15 But thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playedst the harlot because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications on every one that passed by; his it was. 16 And of thy garments thou didst take, and deckedst thy high places with divers colours, and playedst the harlot thereupon: the like things shall not come, neither shall it be so. 17 Thou hast also taken thy fair jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given thee, and madest to thyself images of men, and didst commit whoredom with them,…….44 Behold, every one that useth proverbs shall use this proverb against thee, saying, As is the mother, so is her daughter. 45 Thou art thy mother’s daughter, that lotheth her husband and her children; and thou art the sister of thy sisters, which lothed their husbands and their children: your mother was an Hittite, and your father an Amorite. 46 And thine elder sister is Samaria, she and her daughters that dwell at thy left hand: and thy younger sister, that dwelleth at thy right hand, is Sodom and her daughters. 47 Yet hast thou not walked after their ways, nor done after their abominations: but, as if that were a very little thing, thou wast corrupted more than they in all thy ways. 48 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, Sodom thy sister hath not done, she nor her daughters, as thou hast done, thou and thy daughters. 49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. 50 And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.

 

After their return from Babylon, God warns them through Zechariah, that if they return to their former ways, this time they will be consumed – as if by fire, and totally destroyed.

Zech 5: 1 Then I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a flying roll(represents God’s commandments). 2 And he said unto me, What seest thou? And I answered, I see a flying roll; the length thereof is twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof ten cubits. 3 Then said he unto me, This is the curse that goeth forth over the face of the whole earth: for every one that stealeth shall be cut off as on this side according to it; and every one that sweareth shall be cut off as on that side according to it. 4 I will bring it forth, saith the LORD of hosts, and it shall enter into the house of the thief, and into the house of him that sweareth falsely by my name: and it shall remain in the midst of his house, and shall consume it with the timber thereof and the stones thereof.

What these verses are saying is that, once sin – that is, anything contrary to the commandments of God – enters into a house, it will eventually spread and destroy that house, in the same way that an infectious disease might, if left untreated, overcomes the body, and eventually kills it.

 

The following verses are an Old Testament “type”, that tell us that if a mold or a disease begins to spread within a house, every sign of it must be removed from that house. Then, if that infection appears again, the house must be completely romoved.

Lev 14: 34 When ye be come into the land of Canaan, which I give to you for a possession, and I put the plague of leprosy in a house of the land of your possession; 35 And he that owneth the house shall come and tell the priest, saying, It seemeth to me there is as it were a plague in the house: 36 Then the priest shall command that they empty the house, before the priest go into it to see the plague, that all that is in the house be not made unclean: and afterward the priest shall go in to see the house: 37 And he shall look on the plague, and, behold, if the plague be in the walls of the house with hollow strakes, greenish or reddish, which in sight are lower than the wall; 38 Then the priest shall go out of the house to the door of the house, and shut up the house seven days: 39 And the priest shall come again the seventh day, and shall look: and, behold, if the plague be spread in the walls of the house; 40 Then the priest shall command that they take away the stones in which the plague is, and they shall cast them into an unclean place without the city: 41 And he shall cause the house to be scraped within round about, and they shall pour out the dust that they scrape off without the city into an unclean place: 42 And they shall take other stones, and put them in the place of those stones; and he shall take other morter, and shall plaister the house. 43 And if the plague come again, and break out in the house, after that he hath taken away the stones, and after he hath scraped the house, and after it is plaistered; 44 Then the priest shall come and look, and, behold, if the plague be spread in the house, it is a fretting leprosy in the house: it is unclean. 45 And he shall break down the house, the stones of it, and the timber thereof, and all the morter of the house; and he shall carry them forth out of the city into an unclean place. 46 Moreover he that goeth into the house all the while that it is shut up shall be unclean until the even. 47 And he that lieth in the house shall wash his clothes; and he that eateth in the house shall wash his clothes.

 

In the next verses God is telling the returnees from Babylon that if they continue to live as if they were still citizens of Babylon instead of the kingdom of God, just as with a diseased house, that’s where he will return them to.

Zech 5: 7 And, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this is a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah(a container). 8 And he said, This is wickedness. And he cast it into the midst of the ephah; and he cast the weight of lead upon the mouth thereof. 9 Then lifted I up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came out two women, and the wind was in their wings; for they had wings like the wings of a stork: and they lifted up the ephah between the earth and the heaven. 10 Then said I to the angel that talked with me, Whither do these bear the ephah? 11 And he said unto me, To build it an house in the land of Shinar(a place in Babylon): and it shall be established, and set there upon her own base.

 

Once sin enters, eventually it will affect all that it comes in contact with.

Mat 16: 5 And when his disciples were come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread. 6 Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees. 7And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have taken no bread. 8 Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread? 9 Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? 10 Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? 11 How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees? 12 Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

1Cor 5: 6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?……8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Gal 5: 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.

 

It’s easier to take the people out of Babylon than it is to take Babylon out of the people. Because their leaders, who were supposed to “shepherd the flock”, taught the people contrary to the word of God, the sins of Israel had spread to such a degree, that their sinful nature had eventually become irreversible.

Mat 23: 13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in…….Luke 11: 52 Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered…….Mat 21: 43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof…….Hos 4: 6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. (see also Mal 2: 7-8)

 

Though God treated them with mercy the first time, the infection of sin had returned and become so prevelant, that the kingdom of God was eventually taken away from the Jews, and their nation destroyed in 70 A.D. Notice here that Jesus describes the scribes and pharisees as the children of them which killed the prophets – Hos 4: 6, which is also parallel to the description in Ezekial 16: 44 of the people being the children of a harlot, that harlot being Jerusalem.

Mat 23: 29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, 30 And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. 31 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. 32 Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. 33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? 34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: 35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar(see Jer 8: 16). 36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.

 

We all have a choice as to whether we want to live as citizens of Babylon, or as citizens of God’s kingdom. The way we live our lives will determine not only our own destination, but the destination of others. Will you sow love or hate? Good or bad? Life or death? God’s truth or Satan’s lies? In the end, “whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap”.

THE FEAR OF GOD

 

This week I want to look a little bit into what the fear of God is, and why we are to fear him. The fear of God is something that Christians don’t hear much about these days. This is probably because of his loving nature shown to us through the life of Jesus Christ. But there is also a downside for everyone who continues to sin. That is that they cannot enter into the kingdom of God, but instead will suffer eternal death.

 

Because the nature of God is love, his kingdom must be full of love. Jesus gave us the command to love each other, and as Christians, being under his authority, we must obey this command.          

1John 4: 7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. ……1John 4: 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. 12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us…….19 We love him, because he first loved us. 20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

 

Being children of God, even if we don’t at first understand the reasons for it, we will at first through faith, obey the commands of Jesus because of the fear of what God might do to us.      

1Pet 1: 17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:……Mat 10: 28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

 

As we grow out of childhood, we eventually begin to reason, and to understand his word to us.    

Heb 5: 13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil…….Psa 111: 10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

 

Here is God’s will – that, just as Jesus Christ loved us, and died for us, we are also to love each other, and sacrifice our lives for the sake of the well-being of each other.

1John 3: 16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17 But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? 18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth…….Eph 5: 1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; 2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour…….John 15: 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

 

By the fear of God, when we eventually come to an understanding of his will, we cannot let the fear of evil dictate our actions for us. We are to spread this gospel message of the love of God to the entire world without any fear of what might happen to us.

1John 4: 17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love…….Mat 10: 27 What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. 28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell…….2Tim 1: 7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 8 So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God…….2Tim 4: 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine…….5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

 

Theoretically, when we were children we obeyed our parents, first because we knew we would be punished if we didn’t, and later because we understood why they wanted us to do those things, and that we needed to learn certain rules by which to not only stay out of trouble – which are selfish reasons, but to also not hurt anyone else, and even to help others in need – which are selfless reasons . The same holds true with why we are to first fear God. As children, in the beginning we obey him because we fear him for what might happen to us, but then as we grow further in his word, we will ultimately come to a real understanding of his will for us. Ultimately we are called to follow in his footsteps.

THE ISRAEL OF GOD

 

This week I want to take a look at who Israel actually is from a Biblical standpoint.

 

What God created was good, and his plan from the beginning was that the whole world would “walk” with him in his earthly kingdom.

Gen 6: 9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.

Gen 17: 1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.

Deut 5: 33 Ye shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess.

Col 2: 6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: 7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

 

To “walk” with God means that we are to obey his commands, and to do what is good.

Isa 30: 21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

Psalm 119: 105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Prov 3: 5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Micah 6: 8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

1Pet 2: 21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

1Thes 4: 1 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.

1John 2: 6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

 

Because man chose evil over good, God chose certain faithful “elect” like Noah to be a light – or example – to the world in order that the whole world might choose good, and walk with him.

Gen 6: 5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. 7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. 8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

 

After Noah came Abraham. Abraham was given the promise of a kingdom.

Gen 12: 1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

 

Abraham’s son Jacob was called “Israel” by God, whose descendants eventually became the nation of Israel.

Gen 32: 27 And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. 28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed. 29 And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there. 30 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.

 

Because Jacob – whose name was changed to Israel – was the son of Abraham to whom the promise was given, God’s chosen people – or the “seed of Abraham” are now called Israel.

 

The Hebrew nation – being a shadow of the Israel to come – was called by God a nation of priests and a holy nation.

Ex 19: 5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: 6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.

 

Now he calls us, his church – being the present day fulfillment of Israel – a nation of priests and a holy nation.

1Pet 2: 9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

 

Israel was a type of “light to the world” before Jesus, the true light came.

Gal 3: 16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

John 8: 12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

2Cor 4: 6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

 

The Jewish nation of Israel rejected the Lordship of the Son of God, but all those who now do accept and follow Jesus Christ, walk with God through this “light of the world”, and will inherit his kingdom, being the Israel of God.

Mat 21: 43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.

John 1: 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Eph 2: 11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; 12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: 13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

Gal 3: 26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Gal 6: 16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

 

Jesus now calls US to be a light to the world.

15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

Mat 5: 14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

 

From looking at all of the verses here, it’s clear that we, the followers of Jesus Christ, are God’s true Israel. Now we need to live a life that’s worthy to walk with him, and let his light shine in us throughout the whole world!

LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE!

 

What is God’s kingdom, and what role do we have to play in it? This week I want to begin discussing these topics, about which I briefly mentioned last week, a little bit more.

Heb 6: THEREFORE leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation…….

 

We are called to be a “light to the world”. This means that we must emanate God’s will in such a way that it will attract other people to Him.

Act 13: 47 For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.

Mat 5: 14Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

1Pet 2: 11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; 12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.

 

What are those “good works” that are talked about in the previous verses?(Mat 5: 16 & 1Pet 2: 12)

Mat 7: 12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

 

We, as God’s representatives on earth, should all work as hard as we can to ensure that the needs of all people are met. In so doing we glorify God rather than ourselves. Those who are able should be determined to work as much as they can for the kingdom.

James 2: 14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?

2Cor 8: 13 Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. 14 At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. The goal is equality,

Acts 20: 34 Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. 35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Phil 2: 3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. 4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

Rom 15: 1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.

Gal 6: 2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ

 

Those who are able to work are not to remain idle and expect everything to be given to them – quite the contrary. If we don’t obey God’s laws, then we cannot be a part of his kingdom.

2Cor 9: 6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 9 As it is written: “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.”

2Thes 3: 7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, 8 nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. 9 We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you to imitate. 10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”

 

We can see that God’s government is different from the hierarchical societies of the past. And while most societies today are still swayed more or less towards a “win or lose” mentality, the foundation of God’s kingdom is built upon the “equality of all” regardless of their position in society – even Jesus Christ our Lord came as a servant.

Mark 10: 43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: 44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. 45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

 

In obeying God’s laws, and doing good towards one another we glorify God(Mat 5: 16). Alternatively, in loving the things of this world some people prefer to glorify themselves. It is difficult for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven because he would have to give up his high place in society, all of his power, and everything else that his worldly riches give him.

1John 4: 20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

Luke 18: 22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. 23 And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich. 24 And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! 25 For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.(Mat 19: 21-22)

 

In most societies the needs of the poor are neglected, but in God’s kingdom everybody’s needs are met. So we are to help those who – through no fault of their own – are less fortunate than ourselves. Simply put, the foundation of God’s kingdom adheres to the principle that the strongest, the most powerful, and the wealthiest of us have an inherent responsibility to protect the weakest, the most vulnerable, and the poorest of us. When we understand and possess the will of God in our heart, then our desire will be to help others in need. In this way our light will shine throughout the world!