31 October 2009
“Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for His chosen ones, who cry out to Him day and night? Will He keep putting them off? I tell you, He will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the Earth?” Jesus said when He was explaining the parable of the persistent widow to the disciples to show them that they should always pray and not give up.
However, the man of truth has gone and taken his discipleship the second mile, for it is no longer a matter of seeking after things for himself, but seeking the honour and the things that bring that honour for the One who sent him, that is, seeking it for Jesus. He has gone beyond concern as to whether he is greater or lesser than his fellow disciples, so that the juvenile behaviour displayed by the twelve at the Passover would be far from his concern. In the gospel of Luke 22, just after the Lord passed around the bread and the cup, Luke recorded that… Also a dispute arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. How absolutely insensitive we who claim to be disciples of Jesus Christ can be to the needs of the Lord, to be disputing as to who is the greatest right in the middle of the supper that He was using to teach us about His sacrifice for us. Imagine what we do to the Lord with our petty insecurities and need for recognition. And as they did it then just before the Lord’s terrible day, so you will be doing just like them before the Lord’s glorious day unless you learn now to have His welfare foremost in your heart and mind so as to honour Him.
The beginning, the start, of your journey to honour first began when you first believed Him, when you heard His words and then you began to practise them, moving through all the stages of a believer, a disciple, a servant, a friend, a brother and finally a king from an unbeliever. The honouring of Jesus can occur at any stage of a person’s life, even when he is an unbeliever. For though an unbeliever will not directly bring honour to Jesus, he does so indirectly as he experiences the condemnation that becomes his as he displays and continues his unbelief, so that his unbelieving life bears witness to the truth of these words of Jesus: “…whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the Name of God’s one and only Son.”
A believer honours Jesus when in the preaching of his message of the kingdom he is able to have it confirmed with the accompanying signs of a believer, that is, in the Name of Jesus he can speak in new tongues, cast out demons, drink poison and pick up serpents and have no harm come to him, as well as lay hands on the sick so that they will be healed. The Holy Spirit confirms his message by performing those signs on his behalf, so as to honour him for he has honoured the Lord. However, what honour can a believer bring to Jesus if he does not preach what he was told, but rather, preaches some eloquent theory that another man has made up, which goes against the finished work of Jesus, like those who came down from Judea to Antioch and were teaching the brothers: “Unless you are circumcised, according to the custom taught by Moses, you cannot be saved” ? How could they even think they were honouring Jesus in any way?
For the disciple who says he is a disciple and yet does not listen to his Teacher nor hold onto His words is not a disciple at all. So, far from bringing honour to Jesus, such a disciple has brought dishonour to himself, showing himself to be a lazy student who does not hold onto the teachings of Jesus, as Jesus said, “If you hold to My teaching, you are really My disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Just as the disciple who does not hold onto his teacher’s word brings dishonour to himself, so too the servant who does not do his master’s will but does someone else’s will or even his own whilst using his master’s name and resources. The servant who does not do his master’s will is a lazy and disobedient servant. The servant who uses his master’s name and resources to achieve his own will is a thief, for he has stolen his master’s name and property.
As for the friend who betrays his friend’s trust and only uses his friend to enrich himself, he has brought disgrace to himself by showing himself to be a traitor, a devil, a serpent, and that he is like Judas Iscariot. Which is why Jesus when He greeted Judas said, “Friend, do what you came for,” and because Judas kissed Him, He asked Judas, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” Neither are those who are friends to deny and desert Him in His hour of need, which for the eleven was when He was arrested, but for us it is now when these days of distress begin when He needs His friends to go and care for His family… in the same way as He spoke to John and told him to care for His mother.
The brother who thinks, “He is out of his mind,” like His family did just because the miracles He was doing were gathering such large crowds that they could not even eat, is not a brother who honours Jesus. Neither were those who said to Him when He was staying in Galilee, “You ought to leave here and go to Judea, so that Your disciples may see the miracles You do. No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since You are doing these things, show Yourself to the world.” They dishonoured Jesus because they told Him to leave Galilee to go to Judea so that the local population would not associate them, that is, Jesus’ brothers, with Him.
As for those who want to be kings, the kings of Israel are sufficient examples for the moment as to how to dishonour the Lord, as they all turned from His word and pursued other gods. And the few Godly ones are examples of how those of you who desire to be His kings and lords can honour Him, like David, Hezekiah and Josiah.
So then, believers, disciples, servants, friends, brothers and even kings of Jesus Christ are not necessarily men of truth just because they are believers, disciples, servants, friends, brothers and kings, for at any time you do not work for the honour of Him who sent you, you are not a man of truth, and if you are not a man of truth, then there is a falsehood about you. Fear not, by God’s grace your salvation remains secure, for God does not lie, yet the life of a man of truth is not yours to experience but only to observe. Just like the multitudes who saw Jesus heal the sick, drive out demons, walk on water, multiply the food and so on, so you will observe but you will not experience being one who actually does what He has done, much less the greater things.
So repent of your unbelief, and if you must preach, preach the Good News of the kingdom rather than some concocted theology and doctrine that your putrid heart and reprobate mind has spewed forth. And when you have corrected yourself in your preaching, you might just live the truth of those words and find yourself speaking in new tongues, driving out demons, drinking poison and picking up serpents with no harm coming to you, and the sick being healed as you lay hands, for the Lord is working with you to confirm your message because it brings honour to Jesus. When your faith as a believer brings honour to Jesus, you will find that there is nothing false about your faith and that which you believe for you will receive and so your faith is glorified.
So repent of your unwillingness to listen and to hold onto the words of your Teacher if you are a disciple, and cease your practice of the words of other men, even if they claim to be apostles, until you have completed your listening to your Teacher and have completed your practice of His words. Truth be known, disciples, you will find that once you have really listened to Jesus and practised His words, you will have not one desire to listen to others or to practise their words, even if they are apostles, for these words of Jesus to Peter will come for you: “What business is it of mine what they are doing for the Lord? As for me, I am already following the Lord.” However, a disciple who is earnestly listening and practising the words of the Teacher will find fellowship with those of like mindedness, where listening to each other is a means of refining one’s practice of His words further. And as you overcome your laziness and hold tightly to His words, the freedom that He promised to the Jews in John 8.31-32 will be yours to live because the disciple who listens and practises the words of the Teacher for His honour will find that whatever he practises will come to be, for the man of truth that he is causes all his practices to succeed. And he will discover that being like the wise man who built his house on the rock means being able to enjoy the prosperity that comes with that wisdom. For a man who succeeds in all that he practises is truly a prosperous man, and how much more prosperous can you be when your practice is based on the words of Jesus that will have your water turned to wine, your sick healed, demons driven out, your storms calmed, your obstacles overcome, your dead raised and so on. A disciple who succeeds in all that he practises from his Teacher is a disciple who has truly glorified the Teacher as well.
The servant who does what he is told exactly the way he is told for the honour of his Master who sent him glorifies not only his Master but himself as well, for those who see him would envy his Master for having such a servant as he is. So repent of your slackness of doing your Master’s will and your thieving as you use His Name and resources to enrich yourself, for if you would do His will for His honour then you are a servant of truth, and you will never need to be ashamed of the Master you serve, like many who serve masters who bring them nothing but shame. The servant who honours his Master’s will and does it to the end is the servant who will be rewarded with far more than his wages, for that glorifies his Master, for then even as a servant you will find your dreams to be true. So find out what your Master’s will is and obey it to the end for His honour.
To be the friend who honours his Friend who sent him is to be one who ensures that not only is the welfare of his Friend secure, but also that His F/family’s welfare is secure, so that the friend who does so will enjoy the rewards of a man of truth in whom nothing is false, by living and exceeding the life of true friendship.
As for the brother who works for the honour of his Brother who sent him, is he not in truth working for the glory of H/his Father? For whenever you say your Brother is out of His mind and you send Him away, are you not dishonouring your Father? But if you would live as a brother who honours the Brother who sent you by working for Them, then you are glorifying the Father and the F/family and you will live the life of a brother of truth about whom nothing is false… so that whatever you hope for your F/family will be, whatever you think of your F/family is.
And when the Man who sent His message, taught His disciples, assigned His servants, called His friends and loved His brothers, has believers, disciples, servants, friends and brothers who work for His honour and there is nothing false about them, then He is truly glorified in their company and by their company. That is what it means to become one who would work for the honour of the One who sent him, and you can do so at anytime, whether you are a believer, disciple, servant, friend or brother. For the power of a man of truth that the enemies of Jesus fear the most is that such a man has the power to bring glory to Jesus by his mere presence in the company of Jesus. If Jesus is glorified, then God is glorified. Now consider what power rests in a man of truth that he can glorify even God.
So elect, will the Son of Man find faith when He returns? Your answer must be and should be “No”! For faith alone is insufficient honour for the One who has been true to His Father beyond measure. More than faith, the Son of Man must return to find glory waiting for Him, the glory that comes with victory over His enemies and the glory that comes with overwhelming love, which comes from His believers, disciples, servants, friends and family who have been waiting eagerly for His return!
Now consider where you are with Jesus, and if you will get up and work for His honour, then the life of a man of truth begins for you!