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“I’m not interested in crowd approval. And do you know why? Because I know you and your crowds. I know that love, especially God’s love, is not on your working agenda. I came with the authority of my Father, and you either dismiss me or avoid me. If another came, acting self-important, you would welcome him with open arms. How do you expect to get anywhere with God when you spend all your time jockeying for position with each other, ranking your rivals and ignoring God? “But don’t think I’m going to accuse you before my Father. Moses, in whom you put so much stock, is your accuser. If you believed, really believed, what Moses said, you would believe me. He wrote of me. If you won’t take seriously what he wrote, how can I expect you to take seriously what I speak?”
John 5:41-47 MSG
Welcome back it’s always a pleasure discussing the Bible with fellow believers especially discussing the possibility of changing the world for Christ by focusing on his words and the challenges he was facing in conveying his message.
Men’s approval or God’s approval , popular consensus or a life focused on to the purpose at hand . Jesus also faced this challenge famous religious people of his age (Pharisees and Sadducees) operated on a level of human consensus ,they represented the law thus their popularity was based on mainly popular beliefs ,Jesus once referred to them as a people who were mainly focused on the cleanliness of the outer vessel instead of being clean from inside.
Their righteousness was mainly for man’s approval ,the kind you see acting holy at church gatherings whereas they really don’t have a relationship with God. Their righteousness was mainly a tool to use to control others and not a way to bring people to God. They focused on cleaning society , finding blame and authorising stoning of whoever was tainting or blemishing the temple .
To them they were in authority over people instead of God being in authority over his people.They would sit on higher tables where everyone would notice them and would dress in a kinda way to be noticed .But because of the respect they received it was now a rat race for positions and authority amongst the Jews as much as they were representatives of the Kingdom of God they did not possess the right mentality and approach to bring people to God but only allegiance to them ,it was now about them . You had to do things inline with their professionalism or you would be rejected. To them they were professionals who knew God and laws better than others.
To them they were professionals who knew God and laws better than others.#apostoliclife
The kingdom of God to them was a stage whereby they had to acti in a certain way , professing your faith in a certain way but their religious antics could not change the internal man ,which God wanted .For God want your inner man and not outer vessel.
The Bible went on to say that The kingdom of God is in you that’s the inner man ,their righteousness was by works .To these men you could work your way to righteousness. So Jesus Christ was teaching them the simple truth , to be effective they had to hear from God .God is the source he dictates how he wants things done and Jesus is a vessel for God’s purpose on Earth .
In contrast to their approach they studied the Mosaic Law ,and they were professionals in the Mosaic law thus they commanded respect on everyone with their education . With their education they were not effective in bringing lost souls to God. In truth when we preach sinners must be brought to repentance by conviction of sin in their heart ,true repentance brings with it confession of sin from the heart ,unlike doing things out of fear. Their approach was not effective in bringing true repentance .
It was relatively easy to be popular with them ,follow the crowd . Whenever discipleship focuses on positions ,next to follow is rivalry and competitive spirit among brethren which results in backbiting , envy , false witnesses and scheming the downfall of fellow brothers , because now the church has lost value the main focus is recognition and power. The effective ministry knows and understands that we are serving God,we don’t do things for human promotion or recommendation the focus is on God not the people.
The effective ministry knows and understands that we are serving God,we don’t do things for human promotion or recommendation the focus is on God not the people.#apostoliclife
Jesus once said ” I am the Son of Man” ,he was shying away from his ministry being misunderstood .He once asked his disciples who people thought he was the answers he received were shocking ,some assumed he was Prophet Elijah ,at one stage people assumed he was going to free them from Romans .
It is in human nature to promote you before they can submit to you ,that’s why he always focused people’s attention to God and not to him . He only regarded himself as the way to God.A way ,truth and the life for true living is only possible in God.
Greater that is in me that who is in the world ,a declaration of authority of the one who send him.The church belong to God and we are the body of Jesus Christ so we are to bring people of all nations to the body of Christ thus every one of us has a duty to bring at least one person to Christ .We gained sonship through Jesus Christ ,he died on the cross to mend our relationship with God .By his blood we received atonement so we are clothed for a purpose the world needs to learn of God’s grace and love .Our Father loved us so much that he decided to send his only begotten son to be an atonement for our sins.
Even though I am free of the demands and expectations of everyone, I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people: religious, nonreligious, meticulous moralists, loose-living immoralists, the defeated, the demoralized—whoever. I didn’t take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ—but I entered their world and tried to experience things from their point of view. I’ve become just about every sort of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet into a God-saved life. I did all this because of the Message. I didn’t just want to talk about it; I wanted to be in on it! You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally. I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No sloppy living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition. I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself.
1 Corinthians 9:19-27 MSG
We will be judged by God not men and one day we will have to answer to our creator so my friend stay in your lane pursue your purpose .
Approval of man is a trap you need to avoid . The urge to fit in the hierarchy of important people and turning the faith to professionalism is wrong. Seeking honour from men that derail us from the main purpose of the gospel
Honour from men promises liberty but the end result is bondage as much as church doctrine , myths and human wisdom tries to bring about separation from certain people and beliefs the bottom line is it brings bondage , For a doctrine to be effective there must be a Pharisee in the system representing that line of belief and sending people out of the church who fail to follow the rules .,but is that the purpose of the gospel ? The purpose of this message is to bring everyone to Christ !!!!
I am not against church discipline but church discipline is to restore not to destroy , of course sin has to be rebuked but the Bible says do not condemn ,do not be a stumbling block to your brother correction should be done with love FORGIVE, FORGIVE , FORGIVE!!! Grace with truth.
Instead of an eye for an eye Forgive .
In strict logic, then, nothing happened to the meat when it was offered up to an idol. It’s just like any other meat. I know that, and you know that. But knowing isn’t everything. If it becomes everything, some people end up as know-it-alls who treat others as know-nothings. Real knowledge isn’t that insensitive. We need to be sensitive to the fact that we’re not all at the same level of understanding in this. Some of you have spent your entire lives eating “idol meat,” and are sure that there’s something bad in the meat that then becomes something bad inside of you. An imagination and conscience shaped under those conditions isn’t going to change overnight. But fortunately God doesn’t grade us on our diet. We’re neither commended when we clean our plate nor reprimanded when we just can’t stomach it. But God does care when you use your freedom carelessly in a way that leads a fellow believer still vulnerable to those old associations to be thrown off track. For instance, say you flaunt your freedom by going to a banquet thrown in honor of idols, where the main course is meat sacrificed to idols. Isn’t there great danger if someone still struggling over this issue, someone who looks up to you as knowledgeable and mature, sees you go into that banquet? The danger is that he will become terribly confused—maybe even to the point of getting mixed up himself in what his conscience tells him is wrong. Christ gave up his life for that person. Wouldn’t you at least be willing to give up going to dinner for him—because, as you say, it doesn’t really make any difference? But it does make a difference if you hurt your friend terribly, risking his eternal ruin! When you hurt your friend, you hurt Christ. A free meal here and there isn’t worth it at the cost of even one of these “weak ones.” So, never go to these idol-tainted meals if there’s any chance it will trip up one of your brothers or sisters.
1 Corinthians 8:7-13 MSG
Shalom I have more to share so I will do so on my next post ,so in conclusion let’s build the body of Christ instead of destroying it by acting like Pharisees the know it all human seeking approvals , let’s stay focused on the target that to preach the word to the ends of the world.