Good afternoon! Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Today we are discussing what Christ means by His words all men to myself.
John 12 v32 I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.
I am a little disappointed today and I hope by the time I finish writing this post my disappointment will be gone by my Savior. I know since I am disappointed I know He is too. What ever hurts Him hurts me because I have His heart and mind now since I am full of His Holy Spirit and full of faith in Him being my Savior, Lord and Father. I know Him enough to know when He hurts I hurt too and when I hurt He comes to my rescue. With this said I need to tell you my latest conversation with a church Pastor. Before I tell you what our discussion was about I want you to pray for Him and the church He is leading. First of all we do not hoard our position of being a Preacher of the gospel of God over anyone. We are all the same in God's eyes, no favoritism in service titles. All mean the same to God and all of our service ministries are favored the same by Him. If we are a Preacher or teacher of the word we are His to work through. We are His instrument to work through. We do not act like we are better than anyone else because what we have received did not come from us it came from God so how can we boast about our accomplishments or our titles. We only boast in Him and He serves others through us.
Today a Pastor was making a comment about us being separate from the world and how we are not suppose to associate with evil minded sinners. The Pastor said we are not suppose to touch any unclean thing. We are not suppose to talk or be around such wicked unrighteous people because we will back slide. I told Him this is true if your faith in Jesus Christ and His gift of the Holy Spirit of God is not dwelling in you. If fear of being around sinners compels you to sin then by all means do not be around them because you will fall into temptation. The Spirit is willing but the body is weak. If the Holy Spirit is dwelling in you then His Spirit gives life to your body through His words and the relationship with Him has given more of Himself living in you daily.He will use you for His mission field. The mission field can be wolves in sheep's clothing. It can be full of evil spirit led people that want you to follow them. When God tells us we are separate this does not mean physically all the time. If we only had to be with righteous people all the time how is He using us to save the lost in our families, communities, friendships, jobs and all around the world. He is what separates us by the gift of Himself that lives in us and that is why Jesus Christ brings judgement to everyone through us and He draws all men to Himself. We do not walk around with religious halo's over our heads and think we are God's chosen above everyone else. We were all sinners who are in Christ Jesus at one time and it is by His power of grace we were saved. His grace was freely given and we are all freely loved by His grace. We who are in Jesus Christ can go anywhere and bring His light to shine in the darkness and bring unrighteous people to know His love and forgiveness is for ALL men. His grace and love is what shields us from the unrighteous people in our jobs, families, communities and so forth. If we keep Him all to ourselves and only include our self-righteous ego friends to know Him how are we being used by Him. Jesus told the self-righteous He came not to heal the righteous but the sick. (Matthew 9v12 On hearing this, Jesus said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. v13 But go and learn what this means:'I desire mercy, not sacrifice. For I have not come to call the righteous but the sinners.) He tells them go and learn what this means, he could have told them what it meant, but He said go, get away from me and learn what this means. Of course they did not listen to Him and learn what He meant by it. It means we are all sick, there is no one good no one righteous but God and He was God. God desires us to have mercy for the lost not be separated from them all together but to tell them about His love and His forgiveness to open up their minds to accepting Him as their Savior because He has saved our lives and wants to save everyone's. We weep for lost souls and want to bring everyone to know Him by faith in Him being their Savior and Lord of their lives. Everyone! If our Father and Savior has not made you a disciple of Christ you will not have a desire to go anywhere He sends you in the mission field because you know His heart guards you. He has equipped you with His authority to tell Satan to get behind you or to step on His head! If you have fear then He has not finished making you His apostle to send out in the mission field. (Mather 28 v19 Therefor go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. If He has not taught you He will not use you to teach others. Don't go you are not ready but if He has, if you are a Pastor than you are, do not keep people in your church to glorify each other in their own walk with God. Make disciples of His church He has given you, feed His sheep, so they can go anywhere and draw all men to Jesus Christ and stop making Him a "religious" god keeping to himself, hoarding your own "righteous power" over others. I was hoping their were less sinners in churches than God is revealing to me but now I am beginning to wonder!