Monday, May 16th, 2016
Proverbs For Performers (Part 7)
Conditions: To Know
My son, if you will receive My Words
And treasure My Commandments within you,
Make your ear attentive to wisdom,
Incline your heart to understanding;
For if you cry for discernment,
Lift your voice for understanding;
If you seek her as silver
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
Proverbs 2:1-5 (NASB)
If you continue in My Word, then you are truly disciples of Mine...
John 8:31 (NASB)
If you love Me, you will keep My Commandments.
John 14:15 (NASB)
I believe salvation will come by faith and calling upon the Name of Jesus. I believe Jesus is the Door to God and Heaven's Gate through Whom all men must pass. I believe small kids get there regardless. I believe outsiders will have their chance. I believe His prodigals will come home. I believe Jews will meet Him in the end.
I believe America's churches house (but don't rouse) countless cultural Christians, who practice customs without commitment... and baby believers tucked in tightly, maintained on sweet treats from pleasing pastors. While babies can't fight as God's warriors, they're still saved because of genuine faith. I believe in last-minute conversions, evidenced by the sinner on the cross.*
But for the Lord's multi-year followers, those with the Way, means and time to grow up, those commanded to carry their crosses, those destined to example His lifestyle, those called to go as His ambassadors, they need to know we serve an If...Then God.**
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Your calling to lead through media requires maturity in your walk. God's guarantees are conditional. Not only in the Book of Proverbs, nor just in the Old Testament Laws, but pretty much cover to cover... His Promises require performance. But that's your specialty, isn't it?
And for Christians who ignore the Ifs - then His gifts may be off the table.
To Be Continued...
* The sinner on the cross next to Jesus, who is saved: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+23%3A39-43&version=NASB
** Interesting Article: The Bible is an 'iffy' Book: http://www.anointedlinks.com/iffy.html
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs for Performers series.