The following sermon was written back in 2009 and has never been edited in any way shape or form. Furthermore, it has been preached several times in either an assisted living home or in a prison church service.
Please note that this message may have some misspelled words. As mentioned above, this message has never been or will ever be edited. However, I may insert a few graphics for those of you who enjoy seeing pictures from time to time.
I trust that you will learn something from the following message and will follow the Holy Spirits leading in ways that will improve your relationship with the very God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Friday, July 03, 2009
The title of this message was virtually set in stone by the financial magnet Donald Trump and so lets presume that instead of dear old Donald being in charge it is God.
So now allow me to set the stage;
You have a decent job. It pays enough to pay the bills, feeds the family, put food on the table, provides a roof over your head and then there is a little money left over to go to the movies or go to the amusement park or even take a vacation. However, while you’re at work what do you do when your boss gives you an assignment; do you A. do the job asked of you? B you take a long break off the work site only to do the work later? C you don’t do the work at all?
A majority of you would answer that you would choose A and do the work right? However, what if you never did the work at all? What do you think the end result would be? Let’s take a look; The end result is one of the following but you choose the answer.
Does your boss
1. pat you on the back and tell you did good?
2. give you some other reward like free tickets to a baseball game or a trip around the world?
3. after repeated requests to do your job the boss sends you out the door with your bags packed and tells you he will mail you your last check?
Of course after not doing your job after many requests you would find yourself out the door waiting at home for your last check. And not surprisingly your boss would be doing the right thing right?
So now let us take a look at your job performance as a professing Christian.
And as our base we will use the following scriptures; first John 15 1-12 and it reads as follows
I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide 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. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends
Now that scripture may sound complex and your job description a little vague. So let us go to another scripture Matthew 28: 19 & 20 and it reads as follows;
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Do those words clarify your job description as a Child of the highest God? Thus, your job, your task, in your walk with the Lord is to tell others about the saving knowledge of Jesus. Therefore, just like an apple tree brings forth apples and not pears your task is to bring forth more people for the Kingdom of Light. That is unless you prefer to see people living for all eternity in eternal damnation.
A vast majority of people professing to be Christians have been running to the Pastor and asking for a ministry. And I just wonder if the pastor is not just scratching his head a time or two. For if, and I say if God’s people were really reading God’s Word they would have seen and known that they already have a job to do. Allow me to show you what God has been saying for countless generations; If you have your Bibles at hand open up to 2nd Corinthians 5:17-18 and it reads as follows;
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
Thusly, your task as a born again Christian is to do something that may make you feel uncomfortable and tell others about what Jesus did for not only you, but for the countless thousands upon thousands. For you see, you, yes you are an ambassador for Christ as it is written in 2nd Corinthians 5: 19-20
To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
For countless years the church brainwashed the congregations it was the pastors job to reach the lost. Just like they told them that the Word of God was only for them to read. Well, here is the skinny, they lied and countless millions like you have been lied to. That is exactly where Satan wanted them and has held them. Well the lie and the liar is exposed here and now! Now you know the truth and as we know God is truth and in His is no lie.
This means only one thing. As Christians we have a job to do! We represent not only ourselves, not only Jesus, not only God, but we represent the total Kingdom of God. And those who do not do the job God will purge them like a person who is refining gold. The choice is yours and yours alone what will you do with this Man of God named Jesus? Will you be selfish and keep Him to yourself or will you share the love and tell others?
Herein, God, for the most part has issued you your matching orders. He has given you a job to do as one of His ambassadors. What will you do? Will you run away as a coward? Or will you stand tall and do your task with pride and honor?
You need to remember that God loved you so very much and wanted to restore fellowship with you that He gave all He had. So He could have fellowship with you and countless millions like you. God did not do all this just to condemn the world but through Him the world might be saved as it is written in John 3: 17 listen to what God said for yourself; For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. Or so that you and me would and could be reconciled to Him.
So dear friend are you going to run away from your task ashamed of what you know? For If you do then you need to consider these words; And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels. As it is written in Luke 9:23-26.
God loves not only you, dear Christian! But god loves the whole world. This is why He gave not just anybody but instead His only Son. So you can have life and life more abundantly. And here is good news for every one.
If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. As it is written in 1st John 1: 6-9
So, no matter if you never have received Jesus as your Savior or if you have known Him for ages this very day, this very moment can be and should be a time of newness for you. for as it is written.
(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) 2nd Corinthians 6:2
So which way will you choose? Life eternal with God or eternal damnation with the father of lies? Will you go about in these last days with itching ears only hearing what you want so that you feel good? Or will you obey God’s words and not only accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior but also obey the words of your Commander that gave you orders as well as the ministry of reconciliation.
IF you are saying that you have neglected your duty as a member of the household of faith I have good news for your. And if you are saying that you would like to know this Jesus who gave His life for you so that you can have life and life more abundantly then right this moment won’t you ask Him for forgiveness? But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thane heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. As it is written in Romans 10: 8-10
For this is your time to get things right with God. Which road will you choice this very day?
|Psalm 136:1,26“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.”
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