Two Masters, Now make a Choice.
Choosing between the two masters is required.
Humility is an extremely important factor to be a Perfect Man in Jesus. A person who takes a stand beside God will have to decide, just as Peter did one day. Jesus said to Peter, before the cock crows you will deny me, that night after the rooster crowed; the Bible tells us that Peter wept there, and he repented. But after this, Jesus came and spoke to him and asked him: "Peter, do you love me?" Peter had to make a decision and choose whether he wanted to surrender in love to Jesus or not. Likewise You and I, we will have to choose as Peter what we will follow. Are we going to choose to live in Love, or are we going to follow our own desires and convictions? James writes: “You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.” Jm.4:4. Peter knew this truth already, and the question that Jesus asked him, confronted him to make a choice, the world or Jesus. Whom was he going to choose?
Jesus said that no one can serve two masters. "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money"- Mt 6:24. One of the virtues of a perfect man in Christ is humility. In Mathew chapter 18, Jesus called a child in front of his disciples and explains to them that one needs to be like a child in the Kingdom of God.
“At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” – Mat. 18:1-4. According to the example of Jesus, whoever follows him and has the same attitude as a child in concerning the Kingdom of God, this one is the greatest in the His kingdom. Jesus at age twelve had already decided to be faithful, and that he would obey from the beginning to the end his Father who was in Heaven.
We have many examples in the Bible where servants and prophets were persecuted. They were placed in wells, like Jeremiah. Daniel was placed in the lions' den. Daniel's friends were thrown into the furnace. Throughout human history, people who put themselves at Gods’ disposition, were harassed and challenged by opponents. The world confronts those who follow and serve the true God. The Word of our God says: Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. One day Adam and Eve were confronted with the decision whether or not they would submit themselves and obey God. We are also faced with this decision. God had told Adam and Eve: “but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die", according Gen. 2:17. Eve made her choice and went and made Adam aware of what she just had decided and offered it to him.
If we want to reach the stature of a perfect man in Christ, we have an obligation to walk the same path he walked. We have to be humble, we cannot become rebels, but be obedient in everything to our God. We must subject ourselves to the Father in heaven who came to dwell in us, so we can achieve the stature of a perfect man in Christ. We need to maintain our thought on the fact that we want to reach the unity in faith and knowledge of the Son of God; and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. “Until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ" - Eph. 4:13.
No person arrives at the stature of a perfect man the beginning of his life with God. As we grow in knowledge in the word and we are enriched as Scripture says. "For in him you have been enriched in every way--in all your speaking and in all your knowledge--" 1 Corinthians 1:5 Even Jesus grew before God and men, this is described in the Word of God. If the word tells us: "Until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ". This confirms there is a stage where they are not there yet. Something very beautiful is the fact that God gives us teachers in our walk along with Him.
In Old Testament we read in various places where the prophets always had a helper walking with them. Elisha followed Elijah everywhere. When Elijah was taken to heaven, Elisha took his place. The priest Eli he had Samuel as a helper beside him, and after the Elis’ death, God placed Samuel in his position. Jesus had twelve official disciples. These twelve were always with him and they came and joined Jesus. There was one day where Jesus sent 70 people, two by two. Jesus trained his people in their journey, and Jesus also trains myself and you, who are reading this book. God also will use you to train others, what you are reading here. Each word inspired by the Holy Spirit, when it gets to the heart of a human being generates eternal fruit.
So then, men ought to regard us as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the secret things of God.
In the N.T. we see the apostle train his followers saying:
1 Co. 4: 16 “Therefore I urge you to imitate me”.
1 Cor 4:1 “So then, men ought to regard us as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the secret things of God”.
1 Cor. 11:1 “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ”.
"Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you. " Phil. 3:17. Reaching the phase of Perfect Man indicates that one day we were not at this point, and today as you are reading this book, if you feel that you are not yet at this point yet, do not be discouraged, every human being walks by phases and as we learn we mature to the next level.
There was a time where you were still a child and your parents and family have raised you to the point where you now can walk on your own, and make your own decisions; but now you can take care of yourself. You grew up in natural life and you will grow up in spiritual life as well, and the best news in all this is the fact that we have the Counselor living within us; that is the Holy Spirit. We comprehend that we have to take a stand which Lord we want to serve and belong to. The Word of our God makes it very clear that the world is under the government of the enemy. There are two passages that clarify it. James enlightens us about something very important in his letter.
"You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God"- James 4:4. Once we decide ourselves to walk with Jesus, we must submit to His Lordship and this implies not love the things that belong to the lordship of the enemy. Whenever the enemy see that we have taken a stand with Jesus Christ he will confront and persecute us. James describes this as friendship with the world. Many Christians nowadays believe that there is nothing wrong with going to a bar or a restaurant and drinking alcoholic beverages and being there having fun with non-Christian people. We have freedom of choice, God gave us the right, however, we witness which Lord we are serving with how we live.
The Psalmist describes it this time: "Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night" - Psalms 1:1-2.
We must not:
Ä Walk in the counsel of the wicked.
Ä Stand in the way of sinners
Ä Sit in the seat of mockers.
We should do the following:
Æ Our delight shall be in the law of the LORD
Æ Meditate on his law day and night.
This is the difference of a Man Perfect in Christ Jesus. If we are to walk in stature Perfect Man have to position ourselves as Jesus positioned himself, he left no room for doubt who he was. If you observe how Jesus said "I AM." He made it clear who he was and who he represented here on earth. Although Jesus made the universe and our planet he leaves it very clear, who the ruler is of this world, so we must decide whom we will serve. Jesus had to position himself as well; He submitted himself to the Father in heaven. One day he had to say I do not do what I decide, but I came to do what my Father has commanded me to do. Jesus said I seek not to please myself but him who sent me. He said: By myself I can do nothing. It reminds me of the verse where he says: that without Him, we can do nothing from Jn. 15:5. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing”.
"Jesus gave them this answer: "I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does"- “By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me”. Jn. 5:19,30.
The reason why we need to make a choice and take a stand which master we want to serve, is because; God wants us to be one with Him, as He is one with Jesus. Jn. 10:30 says: “I and the Father are one". The Bible teaches you and me to take a stand as well, and shows us how we were walking according to the course of this world, when we were not children of God yet. The apostles excelled in wording hard to teach us how to live. "As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient" - Eph. 2:1-2.
This verse makes it clear that when we have not received Jesus as Lord and Savior of our lives yet, we were walking according to the ways of this world. Says who walk according to the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit that now at work in the children of disobedience. Once we have decided to be children of God, we must make a decision as well to walk just as Jesus our Lord and Saviour did. And that's why John teaches us that we should not love this world, that is; hang on and love to live the kind of life that the person who is still living without Christ.
Do Not Love The World
“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world--the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does--comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever” - 1 Jn. 2:15-17. When we love something or someone, we hang on to it. It is very hard to let go of it. To love everything in the world--the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does--comes not from the Father but from the world. God the Father knows what is good for us, and when He gives us guidelines and rules to live by is only to protect us from becoming governed by it, and it leads to death.
All these things should not be a master over our desires and feelings. Not to love the world and the things that are in the world. That is once we take a stand with Jesus, and alongside with Jesus we will suffer persecution as he suffered. The prince of this world opposes to all that stand with and for Christ Jesus. We see that in the history of the Church of Jesus, all who raised the banner for the Lord Jesus in one way or another were persecuted. The apostles were persecuted, and Jesus said that they would suffer for Jesus' name sake; so will we. When a human being begins to serve God in the phase of perfect man, unto the measure of the full stature of Christ, needs to know that he will be crushed because we must deny our self. It is necessary to give up many things, and just as on the Mount of Olives Jesus was tested, his disciples as well . You and I also will be tested if indeed we are faithful to God or not. Life itself will test us, we will face daily decisions that we will have to make; and on which we need to position ourselves.
WE HAVE THE FREEDOM OF CHOICE.
The purpose to be lived is to enjoy the blessings from our Creator the Eternal Father, sharing his company and also being supported by all his Love. God visited the human being in the evening in the Garden of Eden. He came to be there as close friends, with Adam and Eve. God wanted a perfect relationship, with this human being that He had created. God also gives each one of us the choice to accept or not the fact that we were created by “God is Love”. We can see he called Abraham a friend, and this makes me realize that God wants us to be His friends; as well. God gives us this option to receive His love, and live and let his love be evidenced through each one of us.
None of us is obligated to do what God in His love has prepared for us, God will never force you to do anything at all. But, if we want to receive the good things God has prepared for His children we must follow His Word and do as He prescribed it.
God gives us the freedom to choose whether we want to be His child or not. God allows us to choose whether we want to do it His way and receive all the blessings with it, or go our own way and pay the consequences of it.
We have Freedom of choice!!!
In the Lord's Service
I greet you in His Love
Copyright 2012/11/26 by: “Ministério Visão de Águias”.
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