YHWH makes no assurance that sharing the gospel and living submitted to His instruction will be easy. In fact He tells us outright that there will be struggles. I am grateful for missionaries and pastors who teach the truth of the gospel and seek to let it transform them, even when it is difficult. It is so much easier to do as many do today… to transform the gospel in their own image or that of an ever changing culture which accepts and even promotes as righteous many acts of wickedness. But let us not miss the fact that each of us is called to be a light, to be a disciple or learner after Christ. It is not just for pastors and missionaries. We are to mature and learn to “feed ourselves” spiritually so that we are not just “going to church” but we are actively living as Christ did and speaking out the truth of the gospel and leading others to Him.
We are called to do this even when it is hard. It is easy to blend with culture and slip away further and further from the ways of YHWH, all the while rationalizing why this sin or that sin is really not that bad or maybe not really a sin anymore. All sin is offensive to YHWH and separates us from Him. If we love others, we should want to help them eliminate this separation in their lives, not just ignore it or accept it. That said, just as Yeshua did not force anyone to follow Him, neither should we. People must choose to follow Him. The best way for us to get their attention is by living in submission to the LORD and following all His instructions. In this way we become a light and people will want to know more about why we are such a peculiar people.
1For you yourselves know, brethren, that our coming to you was not in vain, 2but after we had already suffered and been mistreated in Philippi, as you know, we had the boldness in our God to speak to you the gospel of God amid much opposition. 3For our exhortation does not come from error or impurity or by way of deceit; 4but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who examines our hearts. 5For we never came with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness— 6nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, even though as apostles of Christ we might have asserted our authority. 7But we proved to be gentle among you, as a nursing mother tenderly cares for her own children. 8Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us.
9For you recall, brethren, our labor and hardship, how working night and day so as not to be a burden to any of you, we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. 10You are witnesses, and so is God, how devoutly and uprightly and blamelessly we behaved toward you believers; 11just as you know how we were exhorting and encouraging and imploring each one of you as a father would his own children, 12so that you would walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.
13For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe. 14For you, brethren, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea, for you also endured the same sufferings at the hands of your own countrymen, even as they didfrom the Jews, 15who both killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out. They are not pleasing to God, but hostile to all men, 16hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved; with the result that they always fill up the measure of their sins. But wrath has come upon them to the utmost.
17But we, brethren, having been taken away from you for a short while—in person, not in spirit—were all the more eager with great desire to see your face. 18For we wanted to come to you—I, Paul, more than once—and yet Satan hindered us. 19For who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming? 20For you are our glory and joy.
Become a missionary in your every day life to the world which is so in need. Recognize that Satan will come against you. Pray for YHWH to transform you to be more and more like Him, to be bold and righteous… reaching others and leading them to the Father through Yeshua.
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