Friday, July 15, 2016

not to worry

not to worry

But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none; And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not; And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away. (1Corinthians 7:29-31 KJVR)

As unspiritual persons we seek the good things God has put in the world for our personal pleasure and for a proof of our great human ability (self worth). God will not give His glory to another. As spiritual children will ought to be so zealous and enraptured in God’s Love and Salvation that we will use the things of this world for the testimony of God, that He IS, who He IS and what will become of us when we pass from this clay into His heaven.

A husband and wife following Christ will demonstrate God as a Father, Christ as a Bridegroom and by the Holy Spirit breathing in and on us. They  will help teach us the church to be  Father’s own beloved born again children, His Son’s body: Christ’s beloved fiancĂ©.  A Christian family will be a microcosm of the church macrocosm being groomed for His marriage supper. We are being groomed to be governed in His Kingdom in everlasting and perfect peace and love. We really can be groomed and governed today! But it will be costly.

If we become abusive of each other and of the things we now have (access to) we will likely not be given more to abuse. Frighteningly it seems we may, if we will, run outside of the boundaries God (quit on God, backslide willfully) has established and practice abuse. Those who do while professing the name of Christ are very, very foolish. Lot’s wife looked back on the lushness of Sodom. Ananias and Sapphira simply wanted credit they did not deserve along with money that was rightly their own! Why do we take the gifts God give for our benefit to aggrandize our reputation before men?  

It is a mystery to this writer why God does not continue to provide such examples to us today. It is also a mystery that this writer has lived as long as he has, for he abused much and did abuse very willfully. God has been very, VERY merciful.

The abusive eros (selfish, self absorbed) beast is isolated, even when in the midst of people. His or her selfish agenda is his or hers alone and not shared ever or at all except to gain an advantage by which to stay in control and feed narcissistically grooming good looks, good feelings, good reviews (for being right), so that at the end of the day one can sleep undisturbed. To have that kind of peace will last as long as it does, but before God who is “keeping it real” that peace will be disturbed in time. When we get a good look at the real us, when I get a look at ME as I really am, my inheritance from Adam mars what God has intended me to become. Let Christ be fully formed in me and thee.

Christ was the only human being ever that lived humanly with no private agenda. His life amongst the people was lived for the purpose, plan and will of His Father. He taught His students:

“Our FATHER which art in heaven, hallowed be THY Name (not MY name), THY (not MY) will be done, THY(not MY) Kingdom come in earth as it is in heaven.”

We live best when we live as servants of others. When we serve only ourselves, our “success” is unshared and we are thereby isolated from every other person. In God’s economy real success is making sure my neighbor has everything they need, even if it costs me something, much or everything I have. We are much inclined to serve our own children in this way, but God sent Jesus to serve all His children, even those gentiles not of His Jewish bloodline. Today in the USA we have many “patriots” who will serve their fellow countrymen, but not the foreigner (strangers) in the land. Why do people close off their neighbors and strangers? We Christians even close off other Christian denominations.

Jesus came to save those who were diseased, sinners and enemies of His righteousness. Becoming our Savior, our healer, our Lord, King and Israel’s Messiah cost Jesus His human life. Jesus was humiliated, mocked, scorned and rejected by His own people and handed over to their own enemies to be executed. It is almost as if a really good and competent person was running for President of the USA and the people gave him/her over to ISIS to be killed! I used to say to God, “Wouldn’t it be good to have Yassar Arafat killed?” I have thought recently that we would be better off if Hillary Clinton died of a heart attack. That is not how God thinks. Wickedness is offensive, but God forgives all sin. Jesus forgave the ignorant soldiers who drove the nails in His hands and feet. What has Hillary Clinton done to me? Yassar Arafat did cause the murder of many Jews, but Jewish Jesus, Jesus the Lord of ALL, Jesus the Son of God was murdered on account of my sin and yours!

Say unto them, I live--an affirmation of the Lord Jehovah, I delight not in the death of the wicked, But--in the turning of the wicked from his way, And he hath lived, Turn back, turn back, from your evil ways, Yea, why do ye die, O house of Israel? (Ezekiel 33:11 YLT)

It is frightening how cruel I (humanity) can become if I do not submit to God’s government and righeousness! It is so very, very comforting to know how forgiving, loving and faithful God is; He IS our Father, our Savior and our Defender! But let not God’s mercy be abused. The Messiah abuse once on the cross will not be so abused again. Let me not sin again!

The world’s richest are envied by most everyone else. Some inherit great wealth. Some create great wealth inventing mouse traps and better mouse traps. And many cheat and steal to become just like them. It is so brutal an affair that many murder and are murdered as they seek riches. Men and women want some and much pleasure before they die. Having rejected God whom they do not see or hear men and women cannot regard their fellow man and women as anything more than adjuncts to their pursuit of happiness in whatever state of daily life and liberty is present to them. It is one day at a time but altogether WITHOUT Sweet Jesus.

In  the dog eat dog competition the world recommends, a few learn that creating lawlessness cabal they can gain power, and hoard riches by the abusive use of their fellow men and women. I have marveled at Solomon’s writing of Ecclesiastes. Solomon was the richest and wisest man alive, and few have come near to his status since. Yet he wrote of what he saw as many great inequities and injustices among men. There is today a collective longing for righteousness (justice) and equity, but with little or no knowledge of God who IS righteous. God can inspire men to be perfectly righteous and equitable toward each other. But it will cost men their pride.

Ecclesiastes 2:14-21 AMP  The wise man's eyes are in his head, but the fool walks in darkness; and yet I perceived that [in the end] one event happens to them both. [Prov. 17:24.] Then said I in my heart, As it happens to the fool, so it will happen even to me. And of what use is it then for me to be more wise? Then I said in my heart, This also is vanity (emptiness, vainglory, and futility)! For of the wise man, the same as of the fool, there is no permanent remembrance, since in the days to come all will be long forgotten. And how does the wise man die? Even as the fool! So I hated life, because what is done under the sun was grievous to me; for all is vanity and a striving after the wind and a feeding on it. And I hated all my labor in which I had toiled under the sun, seeing that I must leave it to the man who will succeed me. [Ps. 49:10.] And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet he will have dominion over all my labor in which I have toiled and in which I have shown myself wise under the sun. This is also vanity (emptiness, falsity, and futility)! So I turned around and gave my heart up to despair over all the labor of my efforts under the sun. For here is a man whose labor is with wisdom and knowledge and skill; yet to a man who has not toiled for it he must leave it all as his portion. This also is vanity (emptiness, falsity, and futility) and a great evil!

Ecclesiastes 10:5-7 CJB Another evil I have seen under the sun, the kind of mistake rulers make, is that fools are promoted to high positions, while the rich [noble] occupy humble places. I have seen servants riding horses, while princes walk on foot like slaves.

Jesus told of the steward who was abusing his masters property. When discovered he lost his position as steward and being too old to labor sought some “remedy” to his newly accomplished poverty. He went right on abusing on his last day at work by slashing the debts of his masters debtors, ingratiating himself for their future consideration. He was commended for that shrewdness by his master.

Luke 16:1-8 CJB Speaking to the talmidim [disciples], Yeshua [Jesus] said: "There was a wealthy man who employed a general manager. Charges were brought to him that his manager was squandering his resources. So he summoned him and asked him, 'What is this I hear about you? Turn in your accounts, for you can no longer be manager.' " 'What am I to do?' said the manager to himself. 'My boss is firing me, I'm not strong enough to dig ditches, and I'm ashamed to go begging. Aha! I know what I'll do — something that will make people welcome me into their homes after I've lost my job here!' "So, after making appointments with each of his employer's debtors, he said to the first, 'How much do you owe my boss?' 'Eight hundred gallons of olive oil,' he replied. 'Take your note back,' he told him. 'Now, quickly! Sit down and write one for four hundred!' To the next he said, 'And you, how much do you owe?' 'A thousand bushels of wheat,' he replied. 'Take your note back and write one for eight hundred.' "And the employer of this dishonest manager applauded him for acting so shrewdly! For the worldly have more sekhel [intelligence, common sense, "smarts."] than those who have received the light — in dealing with their own kind of people!

The 1599 Geneva Bible makes this note on verse 8:

“This parable does not approve the steward's evil dealing, for it was definitely theft: but parables are set forth to show a thing in a secret way, and as it were, to present the truth by means of an allegory, even though it may not be exact…  so that by this parable Christ means to teach us that worldly men are more clever in the affairs of this world than the children of God are diligent for everlasting life.”

Jesus completes the lesson saying:

Luke 16:9-13 CJB "Now what I say to you is this: use worldly wealth to make friends for yourselves, so that when it gives out, you may be welcomed into the eternal home. Someone who is trustworthy in a small matter is also trustworthy in large ones, and someone who is dishonest in a small matter is also dishonest in large ones. So if you haven't been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who is going to trust you with the real thing? And if you haven't been trustworthy with what belongs to someone else, who will give you what ought to belong to you? No servant can be slave to two masters, for he will either hate the first and love the second, or scorn the second and be loyal to the first. You can't be a slave to both God and money."

The 1599 Geneva Bible continues note on verse 9: "Now what I say to you is this: use worldly wealth to make friends for yourselves, so that when it gives out, you may be welcomed into the eternal home.”

This is not spoken of goods (worldly wealth) that are gotten wrongly, for God will have our bountifulness to the poor proceed and come from a good fountain: but he calls those things riches of iniquity which men use wickedly.
That is the future homes of the poor Christians: for they are the inheritors of these habitations (homes); Theophylact.

…and they that buy, as though they possessed not; And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away. (1Corinthians 7:29-31 KJVR)

Things as they are and as they operate NOW are going to change, and the change will be total.

…use worldly wealth to make friends for yourselves…”

Life anywhere becomes very difficult when so very much of what we see of strength is the strength of sin. God’s intention is that in this life we become useful. We all have been less than useful and some very abuse full. We have all been abused and evilly used, and we all have abused others and used them for our own evil plans. Even if we have only thought of abusing and evilly using others, Jesus teaches us we have already done as much in our heart while beholding them with our eyes.

"You have heard that our fathers were told, 'Do not commit adultery.' But I tell you that a man who even looks at a woman with the purpose of lusting after her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye makes you sin, gouge it out and throw it away! Better that you should lose one part of you than have your whole body thrown into Gei-Hinnom. And if your right hand makes you sin, cut it off and throw it away! Better that you should lose one part of you than have your whole body thrown into Gei-Hinnom. (Matthew 5:27-30 CJB)

It is our hearts which need converting, and out minds that need renewing and this will happen as we walk with God, following Jesus into intimacy with Him and His our Abba. We must follow hard after the one who followed every word of His Father that He might THEN LEAD US HOME to Him. God has given us His Holy Book as a great Holy textbook. He gave Israel the Law to guard and to teach them until Jesus came. Jesus then saved them, and saved many and is saving still today. He is transforming men and women from abusers into lovers as He God is Love and the Lover of our souls who FIRST Loved us!

A local pastor, a very passionate lover of Christ teaches that we are never so directly challenged as when we are asked or commanded to loose our purse strings for the poor, or the gospel (or even the tax man!). Paul points to a day when money will be irrelevant to existence. Jesus shows us how to use best worldly things, how to lay up treasures in heaven. The love of money is a root of all evil. We simply cannot love money without hating God and everyone else along the way! Jesus teaches us to seek first the Kingdom of God and His (God’s own) righteousness and not to worry about anything we may need, God will provide all and even an abundance we will not be able to contain. We will almost certainly see it spill over the top of our storehouse walls into the streets if we do not ourselves bless the poor, and even the poor in spirit with what is from God’s OWN Holy Hands… not to worry!

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