Okay…this title has been nagging me to be published all week! TV lady pastor, Joyce Meyer joked about it, but to God, living any old sloppy way is not expedient. I thought about sloppy agape and knew this would be a very important message for God’s people.
First off, we all need to get a good revelation of who we are in Christ. If we are Gentile, we are adopted into the spiritual family of Christ through adoption. Bless the Lord, oh my soul and forget not His benefits. Forget not that our sins were forgiven, we were redeemed from family or generational curses and our broken bodies were healed by His stripes! It’s all finished and the debt has been paid in full;. That being said, we have much to rejoice and be thankful for.
We are kings and priests and we have direct access to the Holy of Holies, Father God’s very presence. Wow! Think about that for a second. Priesthood was a very serious business in the old testament. One tribe of Israel was granted the privilege of ministering to the Lord, The Levites. The high priest’s role was quite serious, so much so that his holiness and life had to be pleasing before God. If not, he would be struck dead and would have to be pulled out of the holy place by a rope tied to his ankle. That;s how it was in the old testament.
Though we Gentile Christians are not bound by old testament, we are even more so required to walk as a new creation. What does that mean? Old things are passed away, all things are new as a child of God. 2 Cor 5:17. C
Christian get a back rap by non believers. Many say that we talk the talk but don’t do the walk. Some say we are judgmental and some say we are hypocrites. We say one thing but do another. We are on the precipice of some very cataclysmic earthly, spiritual, political and environmental changes. Everything that can be shaken will be turned upside down.
It is time for all of us to awake and walk according to Father’s will and pattern. God is seeking children whose hearts are after Him, whose hearts are pure and who sincerely desire His presence.
If you’ve ever noticed how the cardinals or Rabbinical priest walk, you’ll see that they are stately and serious. Their robes are perfect and they are focused as they set about their business. We are even more so, called and sanctified. God’s word says:
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. That is amazing!
We are not to accept Christ as a ticket to get into heaven for free, but as a deliberate and brand new way to live. This is not the time to live sloppy agape, where anything goes and grace is cheap. Christ’s grace was priceless and bought as a sacrifice, His very own life! Shouldn’t we revere that calling and give our precious Savior our due honor He deserves!
I encourage you, dear brother or sister to sit at Father’s feet. Be still and listen to want he wants to say to you. Jesus gave us an example of how to pray. Mat 6:9
Pastor Derrick Prince gave a beautiful lesson on how to pray so that father would answer our prayers.
The Bible also tells us to lift up holy hands without wrath or doubting. 1 Tim 2:8. We can’t expect father to honor our prayers when we have resentment or bitterness against a person, we are fornicating with our boyfriend or girlfriend, having adultery with another’s spouse or doing anything that is contrary to God’s word. Being careless with sinning is living a sloppy agape life.
Coming to Christ means you are committing yourself not only to a life of joyful service and but one where your desire is to please Your Heavenly Father in every way. I anticipate standing before Jesus and Him saying to me, “Well done, my faithful daughter. You have been faithful and here is your reward”
Not everyone will get a mansion or a palace. Someone who has lived a sloppy agape life on earth will not get the same reward as faithful missionaries or widows who have served and washed the saints feet all their lives. The Bible says there are rewards . Every child of God has gifts which will contribute to the foundation, Christs holy house. 1 Cor 3:12-13.
Let us carefully build upon that house so that we are not ashamed when we stand before our Lord. May we ask Holy Spirit to help us in our often spiritual inventory.
Father, we may honor You in every way. Before we even arise upon our beds to start the day may we pray,
May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.
The last and best thing about being a child of the king is the reward we get at the end of our lives! We may get overwhelmed and distressed about the ever-deepening darkness, but the bottom, line is that …we win! Remind yourself often by re-reading the best chapter in the Bible, Revelation 21 and where our hero, the Lamb annihilates the enemies of His people The anti christ and false prophet are kicked into the flaming abyss where they will suffer forever for their dastardly deeds. We await the marriage supper of the Lamb and get to enjoy eternity in Heaven. Dig the awesome description of what the Holy city of New Jerusalem is like! I can’t see any reason, anyone wouldn’t want to be part of such an unspeakable wonderful destiny as this.
I pray, my brother or sister that you would have a penchant for your Holy priesthood and for those things that are holy, pure and sanctified and may Holy Spirit guide you in all your intentions and doings, amen!