WAR-a-Day / WORK-a-Day
Gen. James Green
W ITHOUT DOUBT, the people of God are called to war and work. I don’t have to give you Scriptures, you know they are there. We are called to “endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ” (2 Tim. 2:3); we are called to “fight the good fight of faith” (1 Tim. 6:12); we are called to “the work of faith with power” (2 Thes. 1:11). The RSV reads: “…may fulfill every good resolve and work of faith by His power.”
Where do we find, anywhere in the entire Bible, that we are to entertain or be entertained? Yet this is exactly what has replaced WAR and WORK (there are exceptions, thank God!).
To be honest, I think work and war form the ground of a Christian’s service—all done by and through faith/grace “that,” as verse 12 states: “the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
The combination of work and war reverberates through the whole New Testament.
Even in war and work, we must be led of the Spirit, if not, they become carnal. Today’s Church may, at times, exhibit war and work, but unless a man or woman is consecrated WHOLLY unto our Lord/unto our God, we labor in vain.
THE BIBLE presents a clear implication that we’re to “walk in the Spirit” so as not to “fulfill the lust of the flesh” (Gal. 5:16). Did you know that even war/work can become a “lust”?–a lust to be seen and heard of men. We usually think that Galatians’ Conflict between “Spirit” and “flesh” involves only ugly and satanic things. However, ministry can involve idolatry, emulations (imitating the things of God, but not true), strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, and even murder (kill your brother/sister in order to be more “spiritual”). The modern Church is full of such “works of the flesh.”
GO, TEACH, PREACH, WITNESS, ETC., with the vision on the whole world as “the field.”
The Bible commands (as in Mat. 28:19, 20) are translated into “work-a-day,” “war-a-day” ACTION. We don’t wait till “revival time,” no, everyday is the day to serve our Lord.
Jesus Did it ALL??
THIS IS EXACTLY what many believe and teach today—in order to avoid Jesus’ command: “Go ye therefore…” The world is considered anywhere where souls need saving, and the saved need teaching. I don’t recall the command to “build Churches”/”become a Church-planter.” NO! We don’t build Churches, we build up the body of Christ.
In John 17:18, Christ Jesus declared to His Father (in the hearing of His disciples): “As thou hast sent Me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.” The “world” was Palestine, but was not limited to it, His command/commission for us, after His death, resurrection and glorification, is still the world.
You see, Jesus’ command for His disciples (this includes us) was: “As My Father hath sent Me, even so send I you” (Jn. 20:21). With those Words Jesus projected His ministry into and through the work of His disciples.
Jesus was not limited to merely preaching and teaching, He performed miracles and cast out demons. We find the command/commission of Christ Jesus in Mark 16:15, 16 followed up with, “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In My name shall they cast out devils…speak in new tongues…take up serpents (demon warfare)…lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” Why are MOST believers sitting in a Church building today? Jesus took to the streets, countrysides, and also warred and worked in local synagogues as well as the great Temple itself.
His message, of course, was repentance; His war and work involved signs, wonders, and miracles etc. Don’t even try this “Jesus did it all” on me! He merely demonstrated to His followers what He could (and did) do, making it possible for those who BELIEVE to do even greater works—the greater works would be a universal work by and through His disciples after His death and resurrection. You see, Jesus was limited to Palestine, but we have NO boundaries..THE “WORLD” IS OUR BATTLEFIELD AND WORK-STATION.
Forsake Those Whorehouses!
TODAY’S CHURCHES are no better than whorehouses...ruled by pulpit pimps. Their congregations are no better than religious prostitutes working for their pimps (there are exceptions). While lost souls literally PERISH in plain sight, the Churchites play Church. You all know this is true.
I want to encourage each one of you to consider the LOST. I once was LOST, God sent a messenger to me personally to tell me about Jesus and what He had (already) done for me. The gift of eternal salvation awaits all who will repent of their sins and ask for forgiveness. Salvation is only a prayer away. Jesus died for us, will we live for Him?
The Bible says: “that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21). It also declares: “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission (forgiveness) of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (or ‘Spirit’)” (Acts 2:38). At salvation we are baptized into the body of Christ; after salvation, we need to be baptized in water as a sign of dedication to our faith, a sign of our profession to the faith.
If you have never repented of your sins, do so NOW! If you have never witnessed to anyone about Christ, do so now! We need to tell the world of Jesus’ love for us…He gave His earthly life for a ransom—by His death on the Cross He opened up eternal salvation for the condemned: “…he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (Jn. 3:18).
Defy death, by repenting of your sins and asking Christ to save (redeem) you. Once this is done, live holy, wholly for Him.