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Conservatism mixed with a little end time theology

Invitation to Greatness

I’ve been posting a lot of news lately.  It’s a good time to step back for a moment and focus on the Word.

Jesus has offered to His people the chance to be called great in the Kingdom of God.  He opens the opportunity to anyone – it doesn’t matter on the size of ones ministry or how well known we are.   We may never be known at all in our church, city, workplace…but we have an open door for greatness in His eyes.

Jesus states in Matthew 5:17-19 –

Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets.  I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.

Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

A quick read through the Old Testament will confirm that the Jewish community throughout history did not live up to nor understand 100% the commands that God gave them.  Jesus came to express the full intent of what God intended the commands to be.

The law won’t be fully expressed – or fulfilled – until  the smallest details and tiniest parts of the law are fully embodied in the lives of His people.

Jesus then makes the call to be great and opens it up to ‘whoever’ – to anyone – whoever keeps the most minute part of My commandments, and then teaches others to do the same, will be considered great in the Kingdom of Heaven.

God is looking for people that aren’t thinking of ways to escape obedience; they are trying to find ways to enter into the power of God to fully walk out the least intention of what God meant when He gave those commandments.

But, there’s a flip side: Those who break the least of these commands and then teaches others to do the same will be considered least in the Kingdom of God.  They will be saved, they will have the Holy Spirit, and their experience will be glorious.  But, they will be on the least end of the spectrum of the Glory of God being manifest through them and the Lord using them for His purposes in the age to come.

This has to be one of the most eye-opening and even terrifying teachings: I do not want to be considered least in the Kingdom of God.  Jesus appealed to rewards numerous times when motivating people to obey Him – Lord, forgive me for the time I have wasted!  Yet, thank You for the chance to run the race with even more vigor.

Teaching others doesn’t have to be on a platform; this is done at home, in small groups, with friends – whomever God gives us influence – what is it are we calling them to?

Jesus, give us strength to obey You in the private areas of our life, to seek to obey Your commands out of a loving heart and then go the next step and encourage others to do the same.

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Filed under: 1st Commandment, Signs of the Times

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