While Jesus was hanging on the cross, He was mocked by the crowd, the soldiers and even one of the thieves that was hung with Him mocked Him. That thief died and went to hell. The other thief asked for forgiveness and ended up in paradise with Jesus. This is a glaring example of immediately reaping what we sow. Just as God spoke the world into existence, we can speak words that create and build up or we can speak words that destroy. Let us be sure that we are speaking words that edify one another and that our actions prove the words that we speak. We will not always receive immediate punishment for bad words and deeds nor will we always receive immediate rewards for good words and deeds. But if we are faithful in doing good works, we have a reward laid up in heaven. So, let us continue to do good works, not for earthly rewards, but because we love our Lord and Savior.
62 Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”—Luke 9:62 (NIV) 12 if we endure, we will also reign with him.–2 Tim. 2:12a (NIV)
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” -Anonymous
1 Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him. — Genesis 21:1-3 NIV
A year earlier when God had made His promise to give Abraham and Sarah a son, Sarah had laughed because she could not believe this would happen. (Genesis 18) But, here it is, a year later and the promised son was born. In an earlier appearance to Abraham, God had told him to name the son, Isaac. (Genesis 17) In Hebrew, Isaac means laughter. His birth was certainly a time for joy and laughter. But every time Sarah called Isaac, she was reminded that she had doubted the promise of God and had laughed at it. But she was also reminded that God is faithful and nothing can prevent His promises from being fulfilled in His timing. God had changed Abram’s name to Abraham, which in Hebrew, means the father of many nations. That certainly came true as well. From his two sons came twenty-four tribes of people, twelve from each son. God has made many promises to the church in general and they will all be fulfilled in His timing. If He has made specific promises to you, you can be sure that in due time, those promises will be fulfilled. Our part is to wait on God. Not in the sense of sitting and doing nothing, but in the military sense of the word. Wait, watch and secure the area where you have been placed. We are in a spiritual battle every day. Is your area secure? Is it covered by the blood and marinated in prayer every day? If not, the enemy is at the door and if there is a crack, he will come in.
42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. — Matt. 24:42, 43 NIV
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” – Anonymous
6 Jesus told the people this story, but they did not understand what it meant. 7 So Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, I am the door for the sheep. 8 All the people who came before me were thieves and robbers. The sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the door, and the person who enters through me will be saved and will be able to come in and go out and find pasture. 10 A thief comes to steal and kill and destroy, but I came to give life — life in all its fullness.—John 10:6-10 (NCV)
Jesus explains to the people that He is telling the truth and He is the door, there was only entrance to the sheepfolds. There is only one way in to the safety and security that the fold provides for the sheep. Jesus explains that others before have claimed to be the Messiah, but they were thieves and robbers. They were there to lead the sheep astray, but the true sheep, the elect, would not listen to them. Later on, Jesus makes this statement, Jesus answered, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. The only way to the Father is through me.–John 14:6 (NCV)
Only those who come to the Father through Jesus will be saved.We must come through the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ, there is no other way, The thieves and the robbers had come to take what wasn’t theirs and destroy all those that they could deceive. Following them would lead to death. 12 There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.—Proverbs 14:12 (NASB)
Jesus came that we might have full, abundant life. The Greek word used here is zoe and one of the definitions of zoe is that it is” life real and genuine, a life active and vigorous, devoted to God, blessed, in the portion even in this world of those who put their trust in Christ.” It also carries the idea that there is more to come than we have here and now. Zoe points forward to our life with Jesus after the final resurrection. This is the hope that makes Christianity totally different from those other beliefs that the world calls religion. When we walk through the door called Jesus, we have a relationship that will lead to a better life eternal. No more sorrow, no more pain, better everything than we can imagine.
1 Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. 2 For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. 4 But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. 5 For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness.–1 Thessalonians 5:1-5 (ESV)
Christians have been saying for years that we are living in the “end times”. The world may go on for a few more years or for thousands of years. Whether we can agree on when the world will end or not, is not of vital importance to our choice of lifestyles. What is important is that we all understand that if the world doesn’t end in our lifetime then we are going to die. Of that, we can be sure. Since our “world” will end when we die, we should choose to live a lifestyle that reflects the love of Jesus and the change His love has made in our lives. We are children of light and we should always live as though we live in glasshouses. We should consider our lives to open books and they should be “Scriptures” to those who may never read a Bible. Everyday, our lifestyle is a witness for God or for the enemy.