“Anything you did even for the least of My people here, you did also for Me.” Matthew 25:40
I have been thinking on this, and I have been listening on this-looking deeply into the looking glass and seeing what Reflects--seeing if I am reflecting what Jesus desires me to reflect concerning this Scripture.
Jesus said (paraphrased) others Will Know If you Are My disciples--My true believers by the Fruit you bear.
Matthew 7:15-25; Matthew 9:20; Matthew 25:41-46; Luke 17:11-19
Bearing and Sharing His fruit.
So I understand this to be that the Saved by Him, the True believers in Him, the True Disciples who work for Him, those Who desire to grow, mature, and work with Him-(putting forth effort) in the changing of their minds and hearts Will Be Known by the Fruit that they bear to those that are "the Least of them", to those in their families, to those that they meet while out and about their daily living. The way we treat those who have service jobs, who are usually looked through, ignored, passed over, those that are marginalized, looked down upon, that do not measure up by society's standards. For us to Even Look at them (and ourselves) by the Ways of society's standards is Wrong to begin with.
Not every one who 'looks' differently, looks materially poor, looks like they lack, Will Be in Need of our help, or of being saved. Many of these are Already Rich in Relationship with Jesus-Connected to God. Many who are dressed 'nicely', who have material things and are educated, Are some of the Ones that Need to be saved and in need of our help. Don't get it twisted. Society will have you seeing things all twisted. All are in need of Salvation, Spiritual growth and maturity, but we are Not to go by what we think, based on outer appearances or wrongs committed. His Spirit Will lead us to those that Belong to Jesus, to those that He wants and is after. We don't know but He does.
Our enemy is the master of deception and lies. he is the king of smoke and mirror tricks, of magic! he will have you following the reflection of yourself and not Reflecting our Lord Jesus.
Fulfilling God's Will is about the Motives of our hearts and reflecting Him--His Heart, His Motives, and His Purposes through our daily lives.
Every Day, We need to examine What/Who are we reflecting in and through our every day living. In our actions, in our thoughts, in our speaking, in our giving, in our taking. There are 'people' that we all try to avoid, that we look down upon, that we ignore and reject for a myriad of reasons.
**Now, please know that I am Not speaking about allowing our enemy to move into our spaces, and tie us up and steal all that we have been given Spiritually and naturally. Truly there are People that God has cut away from my life that I do not need in my life. This is True for us all that Live for Him and desire to become who He created us to be. I am not talking about allowing them to cross back over the Boundary that God has placed around us unless God says so. No, keep those that He has cut away Out of your life! He Prunes away people, things, thinking, speaking and acting that is in opposition to His Will. Every body Cannot go where you are being lead to go! For reasons known to God, He has cut them back or out of my life, Just as He has corrected me (us) We may encounter them at a different time, place and space to fulfill God's Will--not ours **
What allows us to bear His fruit.
Every day we need to be cleaned out--part of being transformed into His Character and Image. The work He is doing to Grow and mature us through the Changes that come with this New Heart Jesus has given to us. Every Day Is a Day to Learn what we do Not know. I start out each day asking Jesus to Teach me what I do not know-- Ready to learn. Whether I feel I am ready or Not, is Not the point. If God says I am ready to learn something new, then I am ready, willing, and teachable. It is all a process, that takes time to get to and grow through the levels and phases.
Helping those who come after us. Let us not forget our new beginnings. And how we got to where we are now, and what keeps us going. this wisdom guides us to be a help not a hindrance to others.
Remember, that Getting Saved is Only the First step, then we are to begin Getting to Know God through learning the Teachings of our Lord Jesus. With a willingness to be transformed, the desire to have our character made over, our hearts made over, our thinking, speaking and acting made over to do what He desires us to do, are we growing in our Spiritual life, and our Calling. Many get saved and Stop. That is all they are concerned with, their salvation and once they get that they do not take the second step to Become one of our Lord's true disciples. They got their salvation, their limited understanding, and they continue basically to live the life they always have lived.
God's Will, Ways, Order and Timing, Not ours concerning every step.
And, this is Not about a 'check list.' I have come across some people who believe that if they do (a few times) some of the things Jesus said we Should be doing, that they will get from God what they want. (Lord Jesus). This is not how God works. So they say, Ok, I have prayed this many times, I have helped this many people for this many days, I have given away some of my things (usually things they did not want anyway). And they begin to mix in traditional religious actions and thoughts into what they are doing for God. They say, Ok God, it has been a month that I have been doing these things In the name of Jesus for You, Now I Want A,B, C.... And I want them Now! God does Not work this way. There is no list of good works to do and once you have checked them off your list will you get from God what you want. The lack of understanding, the lack of a true growing Relationship with Jesus, the Lack of the Holy Spirit in them is their fruit. They need to be taught and be willing to learn. Praying for God's revelation to given will help them and us, not hinder.
So many run to those that say they are the Leaders of God because of their scholarship/ educational accomplishments, their large buildings that are filled with people, their personal gain of material things, their outer appearance, those that willingly go to other countries to "help', those that have multiple cd's, dvd's, and books. Many of these 'leaders' have large entourages, so large that no one can Get to the Leader to ask for help.
And truly these 'things' are not bad to have, but if the leaders material is what attracts the people to the leaders, then there is a Huge disconnect that Is being fed and is growing. The Anointing of God on them should be the attraction.
The sign of those He has Saved and Sent out to Do His Will, do not necessarily have media coverage, lots of hoopla, bells and whistles blowing to announce their arrival.... Nawwww, Mostly they (we) will just be Good people doing Good things in Jesus' Name for our Father. The small ways God reveals His generous heart for us.
So many miss God's presence and work.
Some are at a point of little trust and faith and will not obey God's leading, they will ignore the Unction of the Holy Spirit because they do not 'see' anyone else doing those things.... They may not understand that what God has asked them to do for His namesake is for Them to do, and not anyone else. It is a part of their calling, their cleansing, their anointing, their Divine gifting, Their Test.
we have to be willing to sacrifice for our Lord.
Many do not understand the point of sacrificing what they love, which will reveal a Deeper love of God for them, in them and through them. Remember, this transformation is a process, and we are not all going through it at the same pace or with the same understanding and growth. Growing to the place where you love God, you love Jesus More than material stuff, educational accomplishments, etc....brings one to the place of humble obedience. Of course you are going to do what He says, the way He says, when He says to--You know there is nothing better for you to do but to Trust Him.
Let us pray for those that lack a strong relationship with Jesus. That they will seek Him daily and allow Him to be their guide, and not just following what they see others doing. Be careful trying to serve Him that way, you may be following those that are Not doing anything God told them to do, but what they have told themselves to do. Many times we see folk running here and there, trying to work in Every project that their church, org, or group is doing, and we may think we Need to do the same.
Regardless of what you see others doing, Don't Move unless the Spirit of our Lord has told you to do so, to do otherwise based on what you see or hear others doing, is to be trapped doing empty works that He never told you to do, which will Not bring Him Glory or Please Him at all.
Do what He has told you to do. You Follow Him! John 21
When we do good things in Obedience to the Holy Spirit's leading, in the Name of Jesus, we are Loving God in the name of Jesus.
**I got here because I asked the Holy Spirit to Occupy my mind--to keep me, to Help me Not to focus on what is going on around me--the new challenges that Change has brought into my life.I want to be able to learn from them, not allow them to weigh me down unnecessarily.
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Surely I KNOW that my Father God Knew This was on the Path that He is leading me on Years ago,knowing that, I know He Already provided abundant Supply for me and my family. Spiritual and natural Supply Has He provided.
For now, as I sit in the middle, in the quiet of the raging storm of challenges that Change has brought into my daily life... I am guided to look into the looking glass and reflect on what is reflecting through me. I am Not humanly able to do much concerning what is going on in my life right now, but I do know Who is Able and there is where I am.
Spiritual discernment has opened my eyes up to See and Know what I need to do concerning this Storm--and that Is To Sit right here with my Best Friend Jesus to learn, and praise, to be, and allow His Love to grow in me and through me and to mature His Good Fruit. **
5-8"I Am the Vine, you are the branches. When you're joined with Me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest Is Sure to Be abundant. Separated, you can't produce a thing. Anyone who separates from Me Is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with Me and My words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how My Father shows Who He Is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as My disciples." John 15:5
On feet of Faith & Peace
Isaiah 50:4/Isaiah 52/Jer 20:9-10,11-13/Joshua 1:9
Resting In His Faithfulness,
One Day At A Time By Radical Faith.