Chapter 13

 

Godís Will Concerning His Family. Would God Be Prejudice Within His Own Family???????

Do you really think that it is Godís will for two men setting on the same church pew, both children of God, both members of the family of God, one is blessed with much while the other suffers much need and want??? What natural man that really loves his children would give one much while the other looks on suffering , doing without.

God Cares About The Spiritual, Mental & Physical Condition of All His Children Equally. He Has Placed In Our Hands, The body of Christ, The Job Of Carrying Out His Will. We Need To Be Willing To Look Around And Be Accountable As to How Good Of A Job We Are Doing In All Three Areas.

Do You Think A Natural Manís Care For His Son, Would Be Greater Than That Of God

(Luke 15:11 NKJV)  

(11) Then He said: "A certain man had two sons. (12) "And the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.' So he divided to them his livelihood. (13) "And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. (14) "But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. (15) "Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. (16) "And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything. (17) "But when he came to himself, he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! (18) 'I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, (19) "and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants."' (20) "And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. (21) "And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.' (22) "But the father said to his servants, 'Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. (23) 'And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; (24) 'for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' And they began to be merry. (25) "Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. (26) "So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. (27) "And he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.' (28) "But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. (29) "So he answered and said to his father, 'Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. (30) 'But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.' (31) "And he said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. (32) 'It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.'"

Many times, when individuals and families come to God through the church, either for the first time or they are returning from a back sliding life.   Many times they are back because they have made a mess of their life and have ended up living in the swine pits of this world. Would our ministry to them not be three fold, spiritual, mental and physical needs. ' Should we not take the example of this earthly father and treat our new or our returning brothers and sisters in the Lord the same. (22) "But the father said to his servants, 'Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. (23) 'And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry;"

Would we not do this daily, does not Godís Word mean the same yesterday, today and forever. How quick we get caught up in our on little worlds and forget tomorrow is another day. How many time have we given those in need special gifts on Thanksgiving and Christmas and forget they live another 363 days each year. We Go home to our homes, our cars, our many closets of clothes and other worldly treasures, pull our curtains and live our own individual separate lives, separate from the whole, the rest of the Body of Christ.

"What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?" How many different examples could God have chosen to explain what faith is. He could have used the example of Peter walking on the water or maybe the of the feeding the five thousand from a single basket of fish and bread. But God chose to use this simple example that he wants us as Christians to do daily. Does God do anything that does not have a profound meaning attached to it. This theme is profound all through the Bible.

(James 2:14 Ė 18 NKJV)

(14) What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? (15) If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, (16) and one of you says to them, "Depart in peace, be warmed and filled," but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? (17) Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. (18) But someone will say, "You have faith, and I have works." Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.

You think that the works here are only to be done twice a year, or possibly daily.

 

 

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