The Wages of Righteousness

The High and Lofty One lives forever, and his name is holy.

This is what he says:

I live in a high and holy place. But I am with those who are crushed and humble. I will renew the spirit of those who are humble and the courage of those who are crushed.

Isaiah 57:15 GW

“Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Matthew 6:31‭-‬34 NASB

We don’t look for things that can be seen but for things that can’t be seen. Things that can be seen are only temporary. But things that can’t be seen last forever.

2 Corinthians 4:18 GW

We all know Romans 6:23.

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

What you earn by sinning is your own death.

Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

Everyone else, who is not found in Him, is lost, deceived and spiritually dead.

That’s who we’re supposed to focus our efforts on.

That’s who we’re meant to share the Gospel with.

Jesus came to seek and to save the lost.

Those who abide in Him must live like He did.

What do we earn for living rightly with our God?

Treasures in Heaven.

We can’t earn our salvation, that’s a free gift from God.

But there are wages earned for righteousness.

Knowing that living correctly earns us eternal rewards, what gets in the way of our following the Way?

I say, it’s bad teaching and bad examples.

That’s why in these final days, you must be diligent to abide in Christ and conform your life to accurate teachings.

We’re going against the flow, ladies and gentlemen.

The only thing that goes with the flow is a dead fish.

Those who live swim against the tide of popular culture to reach the headwaters of life flowing from the throne of God.

It is from that place that we make disciples.

Don’t make disciples if you’re not a disciple.

You’ll just make someone who is twice the son of hell as you are.

That’s the trouble in our churches.

We’ve outsourced discipleship to teaching.

Teaching the Word is of great importance, but that’s not our highest purpose.

Our purpose is to make disciples.

Others who can teach and equip as well.

The Church is not a building.

The Church is not a business.

It’s not a non-profit organization.

Nor is it a social club nor a place to look for innocent people to exploit for financial gain.

Its structure and function are not static.

It’s a living organism of God’s love.

We get grafted into the Body when we get born again of our Heavenly Father.

You have to surrender your will and pick up God’s will as your own.

You have a new identity in Christ.

The old has passed away.

It is no longer I who live, but Christ in me.

And how the Body behaves, functions and acts changes as it grows and matures.

We can’t setup camp on yesterday’s revelation or teaching.

That’s the recipe for worm eaten manna.

And those worms never die.

Cling to Jesus.

He is refining us in His holy cleansing fire.

He is crushing us in the crucible of His love.

He is treading out the winepress, bursting our skins to get to the new wine.

Old structures and ways of doing things are crumbling and dying.

A new day is dawning.

Discipleship will once again become the order of the day.

We gather to encourage one another.

But we are sent out to reap a great harvest of souls.

Soul winning spreads like wildfire.

That’s how it begins.

Then we disciple them.

And another wave begins.

All this for Our King.

Amen.

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin.

And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.

By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.

The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected.

By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.

1 John 2:1‭-‬6 NASB

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