“Ties, Socks, Hankerchiefs”

Posted: November 22, 2014 in Bible Study, Christian Life, Christmas, Crowns, Giving, Gospel, Salvation, Security

When Christmas rolled around, my children used to ask me, “Dad, what do you want for Christmas?” I’d usually respond by saying that I just wanted obedient children (Ephesians 6:1). After all, how many ties, socks, and handkerchiefs does a man really need? It’s much better to have children who love and obey God and who do His will (3 John 1:4). Do you know the difference between the “New Commandment” and the “Old Commandment” (John 13:34, 35; Leviticus 19:18)?

Blessed. Buying gifts for others can be difficult when most of us in this country have so much and other people have so little. Instead of thinking what we can get from others, perhaps we should think about what we can give to others. Jesus said, “It’s more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).

Treasures. Sometimes when we worship and serve the creature or material things rather than the Creator, God either takes or allows to be taken from us those things which have come between us and God (Romans 1:25). We must keep ourselves from idols (1 John 5:21). “One by one He took them from me, / All the things I valued most. / Until I was empty-handed; / Every glittering toy was lost. / Then I walked earth’s highway grieving, / In my rags and poverty; / ‘Til I heard His voice inviting: / Lift your empty hands to me. / So I held my hands toward Heaven, / And He filled them with a store / Of His own transcendent riches, / ‘Til they could contain no more. / Then at last I comprehended / With my stupid mind and dull, / That God could not pour out His riches / Into hands already full.” – William Cowper

Promised. The Old Testament Jews were promised physical blessings in return for their obedience to God. This included their mandatory giving of 23% in tithes (Numbers 18:20-32; Deuteronomy 14:23-29; 28:1-14; Malachi 3:10-12) plus other offerings.  In addition to these things they had to pay their taxes to support the king and the government (1 Samuel 8:10-18). Today Christians can/should give cheerfully (2 Corinthians 9:7) to the work of the Lord because they have been blessed with both spiritual (Ephesians 1:3) and material blessings (James 1:17). God promised to supply all the Christian’s needs, not all his greed and wants (Philippians 4:19). With food and clothing (covering) we can/should be content (1 Timothy 6:8). Consider what you have that you didn’t receive (1 Corinthians 4:7).

Giving. “God [the Father] so loved the world [all mankind] that He gave His only begotten Son [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting [eternal] life” (John 3:16). The Apostle Paul wrote, “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again [bodily] the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ [exclusively], and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). “For by grace [unmerited favor] you [Christians in Ephesus] have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8, 9. See Philippians 1:29).

Sharing. So no one will believe in vain (1 Corinthians 15:2), we’d like to encourage you to take/make time to read very carefully the “Clear Gospel” and evaluate your personal life so you can have assurance of your salvation and know that you have eternal life (God’s quality of life) right now (1 John 5:13). Click on http://www.cleargospel.org. (It’s in 30 languages.) If you know you’re saved (1 John 5:13), can God count on you to pass this information on to others who may be unsure of their own salvation? Would you share your intent to do this with us? The gift of eternal life is the greatest gift we can offer to other people here at home and around the world. Many people have heard sermons without ever hearing the unadulterated Gospel message. Don’t delay! Do it today! Don’t believe in vain (1 Corinthians 15:2) by adding “but” or “and” to the Gospel message.  Read Christ’s words in Matthew 7:21-23; 25:30, 41, 46.  The wicked dead don’t get annihilated and they aren’t given a second chance to be saved once they’re dead (Hebrews 9:27).

Suggestion. At the bottom of your e-mail or other correspondence, add the above website and ask others to read it and then pass it on to others. God’s Word won’t return to Him void (Isaiah 55:11). But God counts on us Christians to deliver the message to others (Acts 1:8). We are His ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20). Discover how you can have beautiful feet in God’s sight (Romans 10:13-17).

Crown. To show His appreciation to Christians who have a part in the salvation of other people, Jesus Christ will give the “Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20) at the Bema Seat Judgment (1 Corinthians 3:11-15). Will you receive it from Him? Do you know what you’ll do with it if you receive it (Revelation 4:10)? Why not put on your “Gospel Shoes” (Ephesians 6:15) and take the Good News to others as the Holy Spirit leads you (Romans 8:14)? Having them on will keep you from yielding to the devil’s temptation to be spiritually lazy (1 Timothy 5:11-15). Who are in your circle of influence?

Help. If you have questions/comments about spiritual matters, we invite you to contact us at 805-238-3549 or visit our website at www.kelseypeach.com. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” We thank God for those of you who are reading these articles and telling others where to find spiritual food.

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