Men praise you when you do well for yourself. God does not. The highest praise we can hear from the Master is, “Well done good and faithful servant.” Being a good servant and being faithful at being a good servant is what pleases Him. It is the prerequisite to becoming a son. Which is what He is really looking for. Jesus is no respecter of persons. What that means is; He never ministered to people in line with who they thought they were or who they said they were, He only ministered in line with who God said they were. He did this with all people at all times.
He spoke to them in line with who they were according to the Word of God, not according to who they were in their own society or culture, or any particular status they may have within it. It is so important to be clear on this or we’ll see everything the wrong way, the world’s way. We are to minister the same way Jesus did. He was and is our example. This world and everything about it is on its way out. We must not Identify with any of it, we are forbidden to. Every thing you can see is the result of a mistake.
It began 6000 years ago in the Garden of Eden with the fall of man, when Adam and Eve sinned against God by following the words of the Devil – instead of keeping the Words of God. They were not led out of Paradise and God’s Blessing by something they saw or felt – they were led out by something they heard. The one who spoke to them back then is still speaking to men now. The current world and its ways are his kingdom, and he speaks through every facet of it.
So hear me friend. You must make your Election sure right now, before it’s all over. The Bible commands it. Nobody else can do it. It is done only by ensuring that what you Believe lines up with what the Word actually says. Lest the Devil own you body and soul through the good that you thought you were doing. Doing good has value only if it’s done in relation to God. None of us will be rewarded for what we did, we’ll only be rewarded for what we did right.
In our modernity it is often thought that having great wealth makes you a great man, that doing good makes you good, or that heroic deeds makes you a Hero. Nothing could be further from the Truth. Scripture says just the opposite. Only God is good, only God is great. We completely Ignore the goodness of God when we make such claims about ourselves. None of us are good because we say so. He is the only source of all goodness. God will not love any of us because we are good, our goodness comes from Him. God will make us good because He loves us. And all of that is done, in Christ.
It is not our fault that we were born this way. It is entirely our fault if we stay this way. We have been trained all of our lives to think like this, to give credit and place to the wrong things. It is part of our Identity. We are commanded to change it, or die in our sin. Which ends in Hell. Here comes some more change, you ready. Great wealth does not make you great. There is no amount of money that could make a man Great. Money does not make anyone great.
Society and culture say that it does, and the fallen nature agrees, but that thought is a Lie. I said it’s a Lie. Just thinking that way shows how much the world system worships money. It is good to do good things, brag on the good things in your life. But doing good things does not make you good, and most of your bragging should be on God. He is the one who makes people good. He’s the only one who can. Worship God! He’s the only One that’s worthy of it – and He owns all the money. All the goodness that exists comes from Him. We are talking about the God who makes Planets.
Let me straighten you out a little bit more, by tearing at one of the former altars in my own life. Thank God for our military. I come from a military family. Myself and two of my brothers, my dad and his two brothers all served faithfully. But our military is not why we win battles. Honor the firemen and school teachers, respect the police and our judges, be grateful. But they are not why we are safe and prosperous and have so much knowledge. Every good thing in our life comes from God – every good thing. We live in a society that refuses to acknowledge God. It’s not even remotely okay that we think this way.
Nobody is getting to Heaven based on who they were here in this life, or who their father was, nobody. What you did here on earth has nothing to do with where you go when your life down here is over. As someone who was a Navy Diver for many years I can tell you that there are thousands of Navy Divers in Hell – thousands. Many thousands of them are former SEAL team members, which are part of the Navy Divers. Most of the heroes and commanders of heroes from every country for millennia are there, because most people are there.
There are billions of people in Hell – billions! Most of them are what you and I would call good people. Being good or bad has nothing to do with getting to Heaven, nothing. Nobody can work their way to Heaven. It is a free gift from God and can be received only one way – by Faith. Who you put your faith in has a lot to do with who you Identify with. Your true identity should only and always be in Christ. Your whole purpose for being here is to go back to God. If you are a Christian for any other reason you are missing the whole point.
Let me tell you something that will shock the religion right out of you. God has given every man a gift, an ability, a talent, something – to glorify Him. Every man has something. If you did not use what God gave you for His glory – you are His enemy. If the greatest thing you have ever done in your life was not done in relation to what God did through the life of Christ – there is no greatness in the great thing you’ve done. It was done out of your love for something else, but it wasn’t done out of your love for Him. Which is expressed through obedience to His Word.
We know where the bones and tombs of many famous kings and “great” warriors are at, some going back 2000 years and more. All over the world this is true. But you cannot find the bones of Jesus Christ anywhere in the earth. Why couldn’t they find His body in the grave. Because He is in His body, right now. You just cannot see it yet, but you will. To insist that God explain it to you, that He win your understanding, that He press for your agreement, that you approve of His Plan before you Believe it – is absolutely Faithless. And it is impossible to please Him without Faith. There will not be a single person in Heaven that does not please Him. Not one. If you are in Christ, He is pleased with you. Stay in Christ, and He will still be pleased with you – when He shows up.
Every eye will see, every tongue will confess, every knee will bow. It’s good to bow now. Every person who has ever lived will see Him. Whether that will be good or bad depends entirely upon the source of their goodness. Are you good because of what you have to say about your Self, or are you good and faithful because He says so. What God has to say about every man is the only thing that will matter on Judgment Day. What any man has to say during his short life on God’s green earth has any value at all, only as it relates to God and who He is. What do you have to say about God right now. His mercy to us was time, and now the time is up.
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