1 John 3:16 “By this we know what Love is: JESUS laid down HIS life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.”
With Sacrificial Sermons!
The LORD is speaking with HIS child. HE asks what would they would sacrifice for HIM while still on earth. One-by-one, gifts and abilities are wholly surrendered.
Finally the Child says, “There’s nothing left. If I give my breath — which I’m privileged to do, then this life would be over and we would be together!”
Upon hearing this spoken wisdom, the eyes of JESUS lovingly reply, “Then continue in MY NAME to zealously preach till the rest of MY Body believes…just like you.”
As HIServant continuing to preach HIS NAME with you,
Devotional: 2 Timothy 4:2 “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and encourage with every form of patient instruction.”
What Love is felt when the heart’s eyes HE opens! It’s is great Joy with Thanksgiving in Heaven because of one who repents!
But as we continue to serve, Love goes much farther for we must teach the sacrifices of the life for HIS NAMEsake…to this generation.
An “un-sacrificially” lived life for CHRIST won’t know the blessed depths which come such wholehearted and daily surrender.
So preach in Love, correct in Love and train in Love! Sadly many of the Body stagger right now in the drunken haze of a “Milk only” diet.
That’s all their church teaches them. Fearing any potential “divisive” scripture, the meat of the WORD of GOD is puréed.
Blended into a liquid paste so the intended “lulling to sleep” effect takes hold. A third of the Bible or more is ignored like prophecy…because “we might offend.”
HOW IS IT LOVING TO HIDE SCRIPTURE FROM THE BODY YOU’RE TASKED WITH TRAINING?
It isn’t. But all who will try to smooth down hard truths and file off the sharp corners which cut off the excess of self…are in error.
For proof see 1 Corinthians 1:23. “But we preach CHRIST crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness…”
1 Peter 2:8 “and “A stone (CHRIST) of stumbling, and a ROCK of offense.” They stumble because they disobey the WORD, as they were destined to do.”
Translations vary using “appointed to”, “meet the fate planned for them”, “They stumbled because they did not believe in the word; such was GOD’s will for them.”
But we aren’t to cover up the ROCK of offense to placate people! To get them in our doors and meet “financial projections”. The Truth and doctrine of Election stands.
I’m not going to endlessly coddle those who truly find the preaching of the cross to be foolishness. 1 Corinthians 1:18.
There IS deep division between the real, loving work of CHRIST and the apathetic, diluted messaging of the lukewarm.
To be “seeker-friendly” many a large church to continue their business model…have growth plans. Banks require certain numbers to fund things.
So to get more in the doors, this era of church organizations have adopted the compromise of “seeker-friendly” versus preaching the UNCOMPROMISED, WHOLE WORD of GOD which divides us from this world.
Sadly, grievously, and offensively, the cutting out so much Scripture is regularly called “CHRIST’s Love” today. GOD forbid.
I couldn’t disagree more.
Such depths of teaching and learning cause us to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our LORD JESUS CHRIST!! 2 Peter 3:18.
So surrender all and teach the whole WORD. Accept that many will reject you and no amount of apathy, compromise or diluted faith can equal the REAL love CHRIST requires us to preach.
Let me say that again without fear of contradiction. “No amount of apathy, compromise or diluted faith will ever equal or draw near to the REAL love that CHRIST requires us to preach.”
Amen and amen!