Working for God

Folks, I seem to have entered a season in which the Lord has given my wife more to write. I am compelled to share, as a wife is given as a helper to the husband. And it is proper that a man’s wife assist him in sharing the Gospel of Christ. Consider Aquila and Priscilla in the book of Acts.
 After these things Paul departed from Athens and went to Corinth. And he found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla… (Acts 1:1-2)
24 Now a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man and mighty in the Scriptures, came to Ephesus. 25 This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things of the Lord, though he knew only the baptism of John. 26 So he began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. (Acts 18:24-26)
Without further ado, here is what the Lord has given my wife. I will further support with Scripture following.
If we are working for the Lord then why do we refuse to see our own transgressions and see others more than ours. Doesn’t the bible say:   
 “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. (Mat 7:1-5)
 God brings it to our attention that when we are guilty shouldn’t we own up? The punishment is greater if it is hidden from the Lord. The only problem is that we can’t not hide from the Lord so as proven many times in the bible (one example is Jonah). How do we improve on something that does not need improvement, just truthfulness. We don’t. Anything that we do we need to trust in God and move forward with understanding and honesty. If we are not honest with oneself then how can you be honest to those around us? Again you can not, because if we lie to others isn’t that going against God and lying to him also? Love comes from those who see the truth and seek the truth from the Lord. Isn’t it time we who are out of the churches stop lying to ourselves and others that we know what we are talking about and only preach what God has shown us? We are not showing love if we are hardened and unforgiving of those who refuse to see the truth from the Lord, not of men.
As my dear wife and I discussed what she had written, the stark example of how Jonah tried to hide from the Lord was poignant. He knew what He had to do, but ran the other way. Eventually Jonah repented and came to Ninevah to preach repentance. But it was God who brought Jonah back. Even though we try to brush things under the carpet, God will bring these things to light. It is a sin to hide from God.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
(Mat. 5:14-16)

We were even reminded of how Adam and Eve tried to hide from God in the garden after they had sinned against Him.

And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”

10 So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” (Gen. 3:8-10)

Folks, God is calling us all unto repentance to walk forthrightly before Him. For He will not have a blemished bride.

17 For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 Now

“If the righteous one is scarcely saved,
Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?”

19 Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator. (1Pet. 4:17-19)

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.(Eph. 5:25-27)

Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”

And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” (Rev. 21:1-8)

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2 Responses to Working for God

  1. Didn’t see this until today: it has inspired me to write a post on my blog, which should post later today. Peace!

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