Whatever it TakesBro. David Chancellor
4/27/2008 11:00 AM
And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us. But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me. For he that is not against us is on our part. For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward. And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea. And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thy foot offend thee, cut if off; it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt. Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith shall ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.
Jesus tried to help John understand that this one wouldn’t speak evil of him. We need to be sure that we’re following Jesus. This isn’t about having a following or being part of the right group; it’s about following God. If you encourage another Christian, you’ll get a blessing from it, too. There’s a real detriment in getting in another Christian’s way. We need to consider how our lives are going and what the effect will be. Do whatever it takes to stand clear before God. You can’t afford to be eternally lost. Whatever you need to make it, you need to do. There’s not a fleshly solution for a spiritual problem. It may require that you do things that would seem to make your life difficult if you would stay pure. We need the grace of God within us by whatever it takes to get it. Our standing with God has to be our priority. All else has to come behind that.
2 Corinthians 6:1-2
We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee; behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
Paul emphasizes the importance of currency with God. For those that know God today is still the day of salvation. If you have issues in your soul, get them straightened out now. Procrastination is detrimental to your soul. Make sure things are good between you and God, now. There are times when, for the sake of your soul, everything else needs to be set aside and the problem be dealt with. When God shows you something then that’s the time to deal with it. We don’t have a guarantee of anything beyond today. Seek after God and walk with him.
Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours. Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high. Is it such a fast that I have chosen? A day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the Lord? Is not this the fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him: and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?
Fasting could turn into a form of will worship or overcoming the will. It’s not about missing meals. It is about turning from the things of life to focus on spiritual things. There are things for us to overcome and this is a way to go to God to find victory for the problem. Be determined to go with God, whatever it takes. How intent are you on serving God? If you would walk with God, you’ll have to commit yourself to him. Spend time with God. Let God do whatever it takes to make you what you should be.
2 Corinthians 5:1-11
For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labour, that whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.
We have something to look forward to. It’s natural and normal to look forward to heaven and to want to be there. We don’t want to miss out. To make it, we need to be with God now. Don’t leave your problems to set there and fester. Get it out of the way now. Get the grace of God to overcome it. Heaven is too good to miss. Your soul is more important than anything else in life. Don’t do things that will cost you in your soul. Get your eyes on Jesus and your heart set on serving God.