Vital Words to the Body of Christ
  
Teaching the Everlasting Gospel of God's Kingdom
Revelation 14:6-7

Issue 201305
“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect”

    “Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.  But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret Himself shall reward thee openly.” Matthew 6:1 - 4

First let’s look at the meaning of alms – mercy, pity, giving alms, charitable deeds, donation to the poor. There are so many people today that do not give of themselves to those in need. We have become a very greedy people and I’m not just talking about money. We have become so busy that we don’t take time for others, especially those in need of prayer, a friend to talk to, help on a tough job, a tank of gas, help understanding the Word, and sometimes just someone to be there. It is sad to see so many that do help the poor that want the whole world to know what they have done. God is looking for a people to lift Him up, instead of themselves.  It is natural for us to want credit, or glory for what we have done, or accomplished;  and for others to see how righteous we are by our prayers and fastings. But God is looking for a people who can see that if it wasn’t for God they would not be doing those things. And so instead of ourselves getting glory, we must give God the glory.

    “But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues. And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ: and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.” Matthew 23:5-12

When we give ourselves some important name we exalt ourselves above others. But we must humble ourselves and become servants to all, so that our example will change the hearts of others.

    “For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took Me in: Naked, and ye clothed Me: I was sick, and ye visited Me: I was in prison, and ye came unto Me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we Thee an hunged, and fed Thee? Or thirsty, and gave Thee drink? When saw we Thee a stranger, and took Thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we Thee sick, or in prison, and came unto Thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me.” Matthew 25:35-40

When we give of ourselves to help those in need it is as if we were giving to Christ those same things. It is then that we can receive His blessings.

    “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?  Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” Matthew 5:43-48

There are many around the world who are treated poorly, cursed at, hated, used and persecuted. We must love them, bless them, do good to them, and pray for them. It is then that we can begin to accomplish v. 48 - - - to become perfect in God.

    “And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him. And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.” Luke 16:14-15

It is easy for us to always want to justify ourselves because we don’t want to be wrong or we don’t want to stop doing what we are doing or change the way we live - - - so we make excuses. So we must look to see if our desires, our way of life, our lusts, are an abomination to God. If our life does not line up with the Word of God, then we must change.

    “Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on Him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.”  John 12:42-43

We must not love the praise of men more than the praise of God. God is looking for a humble people to serve Him.

    “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;” Hebrews 11:24-25

Moses gave up all the glory, the riches, the fame to suffer affliction with the people of God. How many will do that today?

    “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward His name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.” Hebrews 6:10-15

God will not forget our labor of love and will bless us for it. We will obtain the promise, if we patiently endure with a humble spirit.  Please pray with us, that the Lord of the harvest will send laborers into the field of the world.  Robert Bixler    
 
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