From the minister's desk
What will the life you have lived, the work you have done in and for the Lord amount to if you were called to the payment (judgment) office today? After spending a portion of your life learning and assessing your knowledge, understanding and doing the will of God would you be content with your wages? Based on the scriptures, what would your wages be?
As a Christian, you are not a hireling but a servant whose Master promised to pay you according to your works anyway. Mt.16:27… You heard the Masters’ offer, agreed to come into His Kingdom, work in His vineyard and be faithful until He retires you. Knowing that “He is faithful that promised” and have provided you with “all you need that pertains to life and godliness” to live in this world, work in and for the Lord with the promise of eternal life, have you been “holding fast the profession of our faith without wavering?” Heb.10:23, 2Pt.1:3
I beg you to consider seriously your efforts in the Lord and don’t be like the workers the Lord so vividly warned against in Mt.20:1-16… Remember who you belong to! Your actions do speak louder than words and the words usually come with actions or attitude. His question to those with bad attitudes is “Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with my own? Is your eye evil because I am good?” 15 Don’t cause Him to ask you this question.
Our Master has not promised different things to his faithful workers at the end of the day (judgment). Whether you were baptized (agreed to serve) in 33A.D. or 2020 we will all get the same reward on payday (judgment). Non-believers and unfaithful servants have a different wage coming! “The wages of sin is death.” Hear, trust and obey the Master and ‘know what your wages will be.’ Rom.6:23…
Here is what not to do and why. Don’t be lazy or slothful in the Kingdom. Mt. 25:26-27, Heb.6:12. Don’t keep lying on and to one another. Eph.4:25, Rev.21:8. Quit trying to serve two masters, trying to serve God and self. You can’t be a servant of God and Satan. You can’t show up at worship trying to serve God and still attend denominations to satisfy your flesh. Either you believe the church is right or you don’t! Mt.6:24, Jas.3:8-10. Be aware of Satan’s devices and don’t let him get a foothold. 2Cor.2:11, Eph.4:27
So, if you understand the lessons in the scriptures and how they impact your life now and later, and you were to be paid today, what would your wages be? If you have any doubts, why not repent and come back to the Lord today while you live? If you are reading this and is not in the Lord’s church, His Kingdom then you can solve that problem today also. Jesus is always calling whoever will hear to come to Him. You come to Him by hearing, believing, repenting of your sins, confessing Jesus as the Son of God, be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins, be taught the Lord’s truth and be faithful until He retires you. Your wages will be far beyond what any man can imagine, and you will be content!
I am excited about our theme of study as well as our monthly topics of study. I truly believe that nothing is or should be more important than for Christians to be aware and concerned about being a castaway. There will those who have spent most of their lives in the Church, in the Lord, as Christians and will not be saved. This is clearly taught in scriptures and by Jesus himself. Here is the seed; “Not everyone that says unto me Lord, Lord shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven.” Mt.7:21 Don’t be a castaway!
Our topic for the month is “Good Seed or Tare?” It is asking a question which I’m asking you to answer of yourself. Use the word of God to get your answer. God’s word is the ‘good seed’ and it will produce good fruit when planted in good soil, receptive hearts and minds of men.
As we teach and preach, our goal is to ‘save souls and keep souls saved.’ To do that we must ‘continue in the words of Jesus’ being mindful to ‘avoid the fate of a castaway.’ Castaway is a word for worthless, reject, disqualified, etc. Paul speaks of his concern of being a castaway. 1Cor.9:27 Tare is a weed known as the darnel plant which resembles wheat.’ Jesus speaks of tares in Mt.13:25-40…
Seeing that it is possible that once saved people can be lost if they do not continue in Christ, sowing the seeds of His word into one’s heart and bringing forth the fruit of its kind, what is more important to be reminded of and taught than this? Jesus taught that “If a man abides not in me, he is cast forth as a branch and is withered; and men gather them and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.” Jo.15:6 Abiding in Him also means abiding in His word, the doctrine. His words are the seeds for producing in us the fruits of God.
Brothers and Sisters in Christ don’t allow yourselves to be a castaway because you did not obey the Lord, because you did not allow the seeds of His word to penetrate your heart and grow you into the product His seed is given to produce. Learn what the “works ordained by God” are and do them. Learn what the “treasures” accepted in heaven are and lay up some. Learn what the “fruit of the Spirit” is and allow the Spirit to cultivate the seeds in you. This takes effort on your part and trusting God that “your labors are not in vain in the Lord.” Don’t be a Castaway!
Our studies on “Being a Motivated Servant, Honoring God Without Compromising,
Invested In The Lord, Recognizing The Voice of God, Conquering the Challenge to Trust God, Missed Opportunities, Abomination Called Pride, The Father of Lies, Receiving Good and Evil from God’ and ending the year with ‘Continuing in the Words of Jesus’ were all meant to prepare us for God’s use that we may ‘Avoid Being a Castaway.
We ended the year seeing that though we are God’s people, God’s vineyard, if we are not producing the fruit that God expects and the works God has ordained, laying up treasures for ourselves in heaven and laboring for and in the Lord, we stand in danger of being ‘castaway.’ As we do our best to teach, preach and help you understand this, our first lesson for the new year is “Good Seed or Tare?” This is a question title that everyone should ask themselves of themselves. But to answer properly, one must understand the subject matter. So, please give yourself fully to getting the knowledge, the wisdom but more importantly the understanding of these that you may avoid being a castaway!
Jesus said, “a tree is known by its fruit.” A bad tree brings forth bad fruit and a good tree brings forth good fruit. “By their fruits you shall know them.” Mt.7:17-20 As you study the lesson, be sure to focus on you first. Examine your own self to see what kind of tree you are according to the words of Jesus. If you are a fig tree, you should be producing figs. Please read the parable of the fig tree and judge for yourself whether you are in favor with the Lord. Lk.6-9…
Then read Mk.11:12-14…, 20-26… Do you know what the Lord expects of you?
Are you producing what the seed of His word, planted in you should bring forth?
What more are you expecting the Lord to do to or for you to get you to produce fruit for Him? ____________________________________________________________
Come to bible classes. Let’s study and reason together, in the word of God that we might be found worthy of our calling and ‘avoid being castaway.’ LGG
Christmas Past, Christmas Present, Christmas Future
To you who are doing things in and around the building, teaching OBS, door knocking, bringing folks to Church, providing rides to people, visiting our sick, etc., you are to be commended by us all. Yes, God will reward you, but he told us to consider one another too. “We are to provoke one another to love and good works…” I pray that you do what you do because of your love for the Lord. He said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” We are trying to teach and encourage you to “continue in His words that we might be his disciples indeed, to know the truth, for the truth shall make us free.” We want to also be “walking in and doing the works ordained by God,” not just things we feel good doing. Let’s learn what those are and do them.
The year of our Lord 2019 has only 3 days left. All we have done to this point is in the past. This day is the present. How much of your past are you enjoying or is it being tormented by today? How much of what you did or didn’t do, wish you had or had not done have you brought into your present? Since our “physical man is dying daily and our spirit man is renewed day by day,” why not focus on and live in today in total obedience to God? Learn to enjoy His presence, His blessings and His love for you. Everything you got for Christmas is worthless if you don’t have God. Today is His day! What have you done for Him today? What have you brought Him today?
Don’t start the rest of your life today, still focused more on the worldly than on the spiritual.
As a question was asked by God of Israel in today’s sermon; “what more could have been done to my vineyard that I have not done in it? Why then when I expected it to bring forth good grapes, did it bring forth wild grapes?” Isa.5 He is asking the same question to us when we are not living up to His expectations. We know how He feels about that and what He is capable of doing if things don’t change. Let’s not go any further being displeasing to God in our attitudes and behaviors that displeases Him.
Our future can be brighter if we continue in the doctrine of Christ and in Christ. We will continue to share the word of God that His people are not lost or bound in captivity “due to a lack of knowledge.” I want to make sure that if this happens, it is because His people chose not to obey, yet knowing what the Lord expects. If you are going to include Christ in anything you do, let Him tell you what and how to do it and your future will certainly be better than your past, allowing you to enjoy great blessings in your present.
Let’s be thankful and show the Lord our gratitude by striving to be better servants today and in the future. Let’s follow Him into 2020. He has an awesome vision!
Well it’s that time of the year again when gifts are bought, received and given. There may or may not be an exchange or ‘give and get in return’ from the person gifted. But when the gift is unwrapped, revealed and is put to use, then the purpose of gifting is fulfilled. Make sure you unwrap and use the gifts given you and have the right attitude of appreciation for the gift and the giver. I wish for every one of you a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous life going forward Lord willing.
Abiding in the doctrine of Christ has awesome benefits. Let me share a spiritual perspective for this gift giving event. God gave us His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus is the gift. God gave this gift out of love for mankind. The purpose of this gift was for mankind’s salvation from eternal condemnation. John3:16-18
If we ‘abide in the words of Jesus’ we would know the purpose of gift giving, have the right attitude in gift giving and be appreciative of the gifts and the gift givers. Do not buy gifts, give and exchange gifts just because everyone else is doing it. Do not try to match gifts, what you think you ought to get and don’t, then allow that to give you a bad attitude toward the gift or the gift giver. The joy is to be in the giving first and getting later. God gave Jesus first and gets His glory when His gift is accepted and obeyed. The purpose is to provide for one’s needs or desires. The attitude is to be from the heart in love, because you want to. ‘Abiding in the words of Jesus’ reveals that “it is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts20:35 Don’t doubt this or wrestle with it, do it and let the Lord show you His truth. “His word is truth.” Abide in it.
‘Abide in the words of Jesus’ and “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure you allot, it shall be measured unto you.” Lk.6:38 There are benefits in knowing how to give that you may receive from the ultimate giver, far greater than you give. Hearing the words of Jesus every Sunday is not the same as abiding in the words of Jesus. Many hear “… sow sparingly… reap sparingly… sow bountifully… reap bountifully… God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that you always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound unto to every good work.” 2Cor.9:6-8 To have a good Christmas, a happy and prosperous life going forward, get in and abide in the words of Jesus!