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Continued from “For God So Loved

Jesus spoke to us in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come. “Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’ “But they paid no attention and went off — one to his field, another to his business. The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.”As Jesus’ servants, as future leaders of the His church, we need to bring people to Him. To the open door. But that door is not wide. Jesus has NOT said that the door is wide that leads to Him but that the door is wide that leads to hell.

Our job as barkers is not to make the door wider. It is not to make entry easier. We need to bring people to the narrow door that leads to salvation. We need to help them walk through it.

butterfly-nolegs-2 yellow flyingA caterpillar in a cocoon waiting to become a butterfly needs to push himself out of it so that the fluid in his wings is pressed out. Otherwise he can’t fly. God has given him the necessary strength. It is not our place to intervene. If we cut the cocoon wide open the butterfly will die because his body is not properly developed. He will live the rest of his now short life burdened by fatty wings that can’t fly. God has designed it that way.

If we try to make the door of Christ wide and broad for souls trapped in the network of sin, we will all come through it on the other side as large and as burdened with riches and sin as when we first came to it. We will not have changed. And the world on the other side of the door, God’s world, will be as dirty as this one. Its inhabitants will be just like this worlds’. Burdened by sin. Then that will no longer be God’s world, will it?

God, our Father, and Jesus Christ loves us so much that He let Himself be crucified to free us, clean us. Elephants may need to throw dirt on themselves after their bath to protect themselves against the sun. But can we expect to remain clean in Christ if we continue to pour dirt on ourselves? We are immersing ourselves in pools of mud expecting that Christ blood will wash us clean. By this we crucify Christ again and again. Isn’t that taking His gift for granted?

Paul continues, ”But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus”

jesus-and-the-devilHowever, can Jesus raise us from the dead, if we stand ready to slit our throat the moment we awake? Can God save us if we work against Him? Because by letting our own narcissistic self-aggrandizement stand in Gods way we are part of a rebellion. Rebellion against God is a sin. Sin was what Jesus was crucified to free us from.

Paul clarifies, “And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.”

What kind of example are we setting of what it means to accept Christ? How do we display Gods overwhelming grace? Do we remain sinners and still wish to bring others to be free from sin? Do we dip others in Christ’s cleansing blood while we ourselves keep away, dirty?

He says, “Leave everything and follow me”. But we demand high wages, fancy cars, the latest iPhones. We want position, security, respect. Do we want to decide for ourselves what is good or bad? Or do we let God decide?

Paul writes, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Do we do the good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do?
While we do what we want,
While we do what the people want,
While we do what is popular,
We do NOT what God wants from us. We relive the fall. We continue living in sin.

To be continued…