HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU SAID THAT YOU WILL DO WHAT GOD WANTS WHEN GOD CHANGES WHAT YOU WANT?
“I need to make money first, so I will serve God with my gift as soon as I can get paid for it!”
“I will come to church more often when the lord gets me that car!”
“I will change the way I treat people when they change the way they treat me first!”
AND SO ON...WE HAVE ALL SAID SOMETHING LIKE THIS AND SOME OF US ARE STILL NOT SERVING THE LORD THE WAY HE CALLS US TO BECAUSE WE WANT SOMETHING FROM GOD BEFORE WE WILL WORK FOR GOD. JESUS TELLS US “DON’T THINK I’VE COME TO MAKE LIFE COZY. I’VE COME TO CUT—MAKE A SHARP KNIFE-CUT BETWEEN SON AND FATHER, DAUGHTER AND MOTHER, BRIDE AND MOTHER-IN-LAW—CUT THROUGH THESE COZY DOMESTIC ARRANGEMENTS AND FREE YOU FOR GOD. WELL-MEANING FAMILY MEMBERS CAN BE YOUR WORST ENEMIES. IF YOU PREFER FATHER OR MOTHER OVER ME, YOU DON’T DESERVE ME. IF YOU PREFER SON OR DAUGHTER OVER ME, YOU DON’T DESERVE ME. “IF YOU DON’T GO ALL THE WAY WITH ME, THROUGH THICK AND THIN, YOU DON’T DESERVE ME. IF YOUR FIRST CONCERN IS TO LOOK AFTER YOURSELF, YOU’LL NEVER FIND YOURSELF. BUT IF YOU FORGET ABOUT YOURSELF AND LOOK TO ME, YOU’LL FIND BOTH YOURSELF AND ME.” Matthew 10:37-39 The Message (MSG). WHEN WE BEGIN TO WORRY ABOUT THE THINGS THAT WE NEED WE MUST REMEMBER THAT JESUS PROMISED US THAT GOD KNOWS OUR NEEDS AND WILL SUPPLY THEM. HE TELLS US RATHER TO “FIRST AND MOST IMPORTANTLY SEEK (AIM AT, STRIVE AFTER) HIS KINGDOM AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS [HIS WAY OF DOING AND BEING RIGHT—THE ATTITUDE AND CHARACTER OF GOD], AND ALL THESE THINGS WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU ALSO. “SO DO NOT WORRY ABOUT TOMORROW; FOR TOMORROW WILL WORRY ABOUT ITSELF. EACH DAY HAS ENOUGH TROUBLE OF ITS OWN. Matthew 6:31-34 Amplified Bible (AMP).
LISTEN TO WHAT JESUS TELLS THE PEOPLE WHO WISH TO TAKE CARE OF WORLDLY THINGS BEFORE THEY FOLLOW HIM: LUKE 9:57-62 AMPLIFIED BIBLE (AMP) AS THEY WERE GOING ALONG THE ROAD, SOMEONE SAID TO HIM, “I WILL FOLLOW YOU WHEREVER YOU GO.” AND JESUS TOLD HIM, “FOXES HAVE HOLES AND THE BIRDS OF THE AIR HAVE NESTS, BUT THE SON OF MAN HAS NO PLACE TO LAY HIS HEAD.” HE SAID TO ANOTHER, “FOLLOW ME [ACCEPTING ME AS MASTER AND TEACHER].” BUT HE SAID, “LORD, ALLOW ME FIRST TO GO AND BURY MY FATHER.” BUT HE SAID TO HIM, “ALLOW THE [SPIRITUALLY] DEAD TO BURY THEIR OWN DEAD; BUT AS FOR YOU, GO AND SPREAD THE NEWS ABOUT THE KINGDOM OF GOD.” ANOTHER ALSO SAID, “I WILL FOLLOW YOU, LORD [AS YOUR DISCIPLE]; BUT FIRST LET ME SAY GOODBYE TO THOSE AT MY HOME.” BUT JESUS SAID TO HIM, “NO ONE WHO PUTS HIS HAND TO THE PLOW AND LOOKS BACK [TO THE THINGS LEFT BEHIND] IS FIT FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD.”
THE SCRIPTURE SAYS THAT YOU WILL REAP WHAT YOU SOW. IT DOES NOT SAY THAT YOU WILL REAP WHAT YOU HAVE NOT SOWN, NOR DOES IT SAY THAT YOU WILL REAP BEFORE YOU HAVE SOWN!!! REMEMBER: A STINGY PLANTER GETS A STINGY CROP; A LAVISH PLANTER GETS A LAVISH CROP. I WANT EACH OF YOU TO TAKE PLENTY OF TIME TO THINK IT OVER, AND MAKE UP YOUR OWN MIND WHAT YOU WILL GIVE. THAT WILL PROTECT YOU AGAINST SOB STORIES AND ARM-TWISTING. GOD LOVES IT WHEN THE GIVER DELIGHTS IN THE GIVING. 2 Corinthians 9:5-7 The Message (MSG)
THE SCRIPTURE TEACHES US TO HONOR THE LORD WITH THY SUBSTANCE, AND WITH THE FIRST-FRUITS OF ALL THINE INCREASE: SO SHALL THY BARNS BE FILLED WITH PLENTY, AND THY PRESSES SHALL BURST OUT WITH NEW WINE. THIS MEANS THAT WE MUST HONOR HIM WITH OUR GIFTS ALSO, NOT JUST WITH MONEY OR A FEW HOURS HERE AND THERE WHEN YOU HAVE SOME TIME TO SQUEEZE GOD INTO YOUR SCHEDULE. I WILL END BY POSING A QUESTION TO YOU:
IF GOD ALREADY KNOWS WHAT YOU NEED, DO YOU HONESTLY BELIEVE THAT GOD WILL IGNORE YOUR SITUATION AND LEAVE YOU IN NEED WHEN YOU SERVE HIM AND HIS HOUSE FIRST?
Please review the following scripture about you salvation and post any questions you may have here.
(Matthew 6)(Luke 9)