“1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Brothers and Sisters those who DO NOT Know Jesus as their Lord and Savior are His Enemy as well as they should be ours. We are Not to be Friends with the World, but, be Separated In Service To God. We are to be Living Sacrifices Showing God’s Love to a dying World, that does not mean We are to Befriend the Enemy, nor are We to Love the Enemy Fleshly. Too many are confused about us being Living Sacrifice’s and the Fact that The Father Loves His Creation so much, that He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, as the Final Sacrifice for Sins.
“16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”
“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”
Our Love is to be To God Solely there is to be No Other Above or Equal to Him, for He is a Jealous God!
So, is the Scripture Contradictory, is Our God Double Minded, NO!!! Our part in this World is to Show the World God’s Love In Us and Through Us. The Service’s that we do, we do unto God For Man’s Sake that they may have an opportunity to Accept Jesus Into Their Lives.
But there is a Problem with your Service’s…you, My Brothers and Sisters do one of two things that does not bring Glory to Jesus. Make that four things… one, you Befriend the Enemy, two you Love your Enemy but not in a good way, third you are Not Obedient To The Scriptures and the fourth which is most important, you do not tell them About Jesus In Your Service.
Example of the later. The World Craze, “Pay It Forward”. You are in a line of some sort and you pay for the persons items behind you, Sounds Good, Looks Good TO THE WORLD’S POINT OF VIEW, but, where is Jesus, did that person know that you did your Act of Kindness Because Of Jesus, did YOU tell them that God Loves Them is why you did your Action? For most you did not! Whenever Jesus would have me do an act of Kindness it was made known to them that God Loves Them! I do not care what the World Thinks, but I Care With MY LIFE what Jesus Thinks. My Reasonable Service is a Love Obedience, meaning that I Love The Godhead with My Life to do whatever They say, to be Obedient To Jesus and His Word!!!
One of our Actions Of Love, our Reasonable Service is to Love Those Who Know Jesus AS LORD, that, many of you fail in doing. We are told by Scripture that we are to Lift Up The Brethren so that the World Will Know WE ARE THE DISCIPLES OF JESUS!
“As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all [men],
especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”
“34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35 By this shall all [men] know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
We Need to Love One Another, that is, The Household Of Faith In Jesus, by doing so The World Will KNOW that Jesus is IN US, being as He Is Through Us. We get so hung up with Denominations and WHAT THEY BELIEVE more so then What Jesus Says for us to be. The only time there should be a Division is that Someone is not Following The Word Of God NOT because of a matter of Opinion!
A recent example of this, the Methodist Church is now split over Homosexuality, which the Scriptures are clear on, but, because of The World, some accept those who walk in Darkness to Change The Belief and that is the very Word Of God. Myself, I have been against the Methodist ever since they were handing out Contraceptives in Schools some years back which is clear Against Scripture. They have become my enemy by Actions Of Darkness that they say is Acceptable To God! Their Service, that is, doing such things are Not being a Living Sacrifice for Jesus, but it is for Satan!
“Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach [them], the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”
Jesus said this about being a Living Sacrifice…
“38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: 39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have [thy] cloke also. 41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. 42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. 43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more [than others]? do not even the publicans so? 48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”
Now is where the confusion comes. In verse 44 Love Your Enemies, this is a Godly Love not a Fleshly Love the difference between the two is what follows in the same verse, “…bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you” now to Understand this part you must read the Scriptures, Matthew 5:3 – 20, which are the Attributes We Are To Walk In.
It comes down to this, if you Love Jesus then you will do Actions That Reflect Jesus In YOU! The Godhead does not want to see anyone go to the Lake Of Fire for eternity, but God has given us a chance, or for some many chances, to Accept and Live In God as He says to, we are to be the same with our enemy. It is The Love of The Father, Through Jesus His Son, and Flowing through us to the World, Manifesting Jesus Love For Them. But in order for this to be correct, your Actions Must Confess Jesus As Lord Of YOUR LIFE Physically With Confession, that is, that for every Good Deed that you do you must also Confess that it was Because Of Jesus to that person!
If I give a hot meal to a stranger and never tell them that God Loves them, then it is just counted as a Good Deed, but if I tell that stranger that the reason I gave you a hot meal was Because Jesus Lives In Me and He Loves You, then my Good Deed now becomes a Godly Deed bring Glory to Jesus for His Sacrifice!!!
A Living Sacrifice must Confess Jesus as Lord Verbally With Action. Action without Confession is what the World Desires WITHOUT Jesus and this is what Separates us, that Our Action With Confess that Jesus Is Lord! Being a Living Sacrifice is not easy, there is a very fine line that We Must Walk. On one hand we can get caught up that you do not want anything to do with anyone who does not confess Jesus As Lord and then on the other hand accept everyone with no filters, but between the two there is a fine line. We must keep in the forefront of our minds that yes this is my enemy and to show them the Love Of The Father I need to do Good to them, confessing Jesus all the way and at the same time Do Not Accept them as a Friend nor Fall In Love with them because they are lost, it is a Fine Line.
But our First Order of being a Living Sacrifice is that WE, My Brothers and Sisters, must lay down Denominational Differences, we must understand that this Division is an Entrapment of Satan because he knows that a House Divided cannot Stand. Jesus Is THE LIVING WORD OF THE FATHER, in every Language, in every Country, in every Blood Bought Believer and He is Unchanging and by Jesus we All Will be Judged, not by Man’s Opinion, not by Satan.
What Type of
Living Sacrifice Are YOU?
Action With Confession is Godly,
Action Without Confession is Worldly!
Amen and Amen!!!
Be Blessed in the Mighty Name of Jesus, Our Lord and Savior!!!
Amen and Amen!!!