Misunderstood in life and death, how about now?
And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners? Mark 2:16
If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?
In building our buildings.-In putting on our programs, and feeding our faces in many different places, we’ve often got lost in our business instead of making it our business to save the lost.
Not that there’s not a lot of good that happens, there is, but a stream or a river must receive fresh water and continue to flow out into larger bodies of water to remain fresh and life producing.
We should never be satisfied with the status Quo or deceive ourselves to think we’ve arrived at some higher plain than someone else. Jesus showed us the Highest Place when he kneeled down and washed His disciples’ feet, yet they still didn’t know who He was really or understand His mission.
The Holy Spirit changed and is changing that, yes that other often misunderstood person referred to as our comforter known as the Holy Spirit, we won’t dive into those deep waters presently, but just let me say if you don’t know Him and He doesn’t know you? You’re in a boat load of trouble full of holes, but you don’t have to be.
Now, yes there are those who say they’re ‘Spirit filled’ who somehow never seem to reach out and touch or help anyone, they’ll talk about it till they’re out of breath, but are too ‘next leveled’ to reach down to the so called ‘sinner.’
I’ve got a news flash for you- we all sin, you can call the disciple James a liar if you don’t agree with me.
But Christ Jesus who never sinned didn’t see it a crime to love prostitutes and thieves and beggars.
He gave them not what they wanted, but He gave them what they needed-real life, restoration.
Now the scriptures warn of religious acting folks (hypocrites) who will be turned away on that day. I don’t want to be one of them, I doubt you do either..
So like in the Walking Dead, how do you stay alive, how do you keep from turning into a walker (zombie –for those of you who are not privy).
We’ll, we have the remedy in the redeemer, if we stay close to Him, he’ll remind us to: Yes…Love one another, by this shall all men know you are my disciples ..John 13:35
( and he meant real meaningful love, beyond the hand-shake, what was your name again stuff)
But just as important; we should never forget John 3:16 ..you know it , If you don’t I’ll buy you a Bible 🙂
That true love that He gives us for one another is not a closed loop, but an ongoing song that is supposed to have many verses added as the singing continues.
Staying close to the Life-Giver keeps us truly alive and compassionate to others.
The Bible- per say is still being written and you are a Living Epistle, a major character; or not. You decide
Consider this -Matt 13:18 W.E.B 18 “Hear, then, the parable of the farmer. 19 When anyone hears the word of the Kingdom, and doesn’t understand it, the evil one comes, and snatches away that which has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown by the roadside. 20 What was sown on the rocky places, this is he who hears the word, and immediately with joy receives it; 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while. When oppression or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. 22 What was sown among the thorns, this is he who hears the word, but the cares of this age and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. 23 What was sown on the good ground, this is he who hears the word, and understands it, who most certainly bears fruit, and produces, some one hundred times as much, some sixty, and some thirty.”
We have no more excuses for misunderstanding His love and how we are to love in return, we can choose to be ‘good ground’ for the Lord as we anticipate -the return of the King 🙂 God Bless-Dan www.covenantnovel.info