An inquisitive onlooker once asked Jesus Christ, what must one do to do the works of God? The answer, To believe on the One who was sent.
With all the bad news and distractions, with all the demands and responsibilities, there is one thing more important than them all, your salvation.
In the book of Romans Paul says ” I am not ashamed of the gospel message of Jesus Christ. It is the power of God for salvation to all who believe”. I know you want something more tangible and more important, but there is nothing more important that you understand your God given purpose. That “Today is the day of salvation”. Because there is coming a time when it is not. That the invitation into His Kingdom and recieving an exact copy of Himself, given to those who press in. To “lay hold of why Christ laid hold of you”. That “the Kingdom is preached and all are pressing in”? Yes “the violent (meaning aggressive) take it by force”. What efforts are you putting forth?
The parable of The Bride and Groom going into their chambers and shutting the door, is a picture of when the gospel call gets repealed. What you’ve aquired from the other side you keep and those outside say “but master, didn’t we heal the sick and cast out many demons in your name? Didn’t we do many good works in your name? And the Son of God said “depart from me you workers of iniquity I never knew you!” They all thought they were doing the works of God. Many of them were involved in political activism for another kingdom. That’s a bad time to learn you were serving the wrong cause.
Because of this, we need to re-evaluate what we think we need to do, to please God and fulfill what He called us to do, and what He empowered us to do, lest we be found outside of His will. You see the wedding is ours to become one with them. When a society becomes ignorant of this call, they have been given up. You don’t believe this? You need to go no further than the testimonies of the prophets of old who said that “in you will no longer be heard the voice of the Bride and the Bridegroom”. (Jeremiah 26.9+25.10)
They were not doing the works of God, they were doing life. So we bring up the account of Mary and Martha who said “Lord! Tell my sister to help me” for Martha was busy doing many good works. To which Jesus said ““Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” Her one on one time with Jesus was the preferred method that yeilds the rewards.
Mary was busy pressing in and knowing God. Her time with Yeshua yeilded something that many don’t understand, that Mary chose to lay hold of something eternal, one gift after another. And that’s the point. “God is a rewarder of those that seak Him. (Hebrews 11.6) We are the rewarded.
When the gospel of “The Kingdom of God at hand” is preached, it’s because the storehouse of the things of God is open, and the allocation of God’s gifts to mankind is in process of “given us everything that pertains to life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who has called us to (participate in) glory by virtue“. (2 Peter 1) By virtue that you apply the principles revealed from the gospel.
It is unfortunate that even today many can’t hear the Heavenly call. They think Gods Kingdom is something that happens later, by so they neuter the gospel and present an alternative that has no power now, where people are left to sit and wait for another saving, like an end times. But scripture says that of the last judgement, that they would be cut short for the Elects sake. That after that number is reached, the Harvest is over. The doors been closed. There are those within and those without. You have been forwarned.
Here is full payment rendered for your acceptance, and the storehouse of the tools you need to do your part to enter “The Kingdom of God at hand”.
Isaiah said “on Him was laid the iniquity of us all, and by His stripes we are healed” showing us where we get out healing, starting with our understanding.
But it is to glory by virtue, meaning “by way of” that you know and receive the things God has for you because the time is coming when it will be said “11 He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him [e]be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.” (Revelation 22.11) And the only thing left is the burning sensation of lost opportunities.
Of all of life’s demands and distractions, the most important thing is your connectedness with God through His Word and Holy Spirit of things that will not be taken (like Mary recieved) because they are eternal. This is why you were put on earth.
And verse 6. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please God, for those who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him.” And because God and His things are invisible, don’t wait for them to take on a physical form because that is how you miss out. This age will pass you by unchanged for eternity.
There is this strong evidence of the invisible, and everything of Gods is invisible. God is pleased when we pursue that. God is happy to give us that. Didn’t He say “we are joint heirs of the things that are hidden “in Christ”. Does that mean that these are these empty words? That you only get them later? It may appear so to an onlooker, but some of us know otherwise.
Like Mary, choose “the part that shall not be taken” for the reason to learn how to impliment it. What must we do to do the works of God? Believe on whom He sent. This one is “a doer of the Word. This one is blessed, as we appreciate Gods gifts one revelation at a time. Even as Paul said, the gospel that I preach to you did not come by man, but by revelation of Jesus Christ. Amen.
The Kingdom of God is at hand! Are you getting your daily bread? It’s not just once a week, or every other day but every day.
So “exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end”, pressing in all the way. Amen.