1Jn 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
This is the pinnacle of life for those who are truly born again, laying down our lives for others. This is "walking as HE walked", in the first degree. You want to "do the things HE did and greater things than HE? DO THIS.
If you live this way, you cannot help but have fellowship with others. This is the most exciting way to live. All that religious stuff piled together cannot compare with the abundant life of our LORD as evidenced by OBEDIENCE to this verse.
FAITH comes alive, right here, every moment, of every day. It's not just some Sun Day thing. Oh no. Life is the thing. A life lost, in order to keep it, is a live given to the high call of excellence in personal sacrifice to the aid of our brethren who need our help. Our love for our brethren is not something we have, but what we DO. There is no greater joy in living, than personal sacrifice for others, as HE sacrificed for us all.
Is this who you are? How you live? Or, are you just hyper religious? You go to church, participate in the singing and the tithing. You paint sun day school rooms, maybe even lead a Bible study or even pastor. You're there every time the doors are open. SO WHAT?
The above text encompasses all of Matthew 25:31-46. Stop here and go read it. Did you find yourself there? I guarantee you, you will. Why? Because you are either one or the other, of the two kinds of people described in HIS prophecy. "When the Son of Man comes again". Do you see your religious ideology in those verses? If not, then what are your RELIGIOUS practices worth?
Stop and go read Isaiah 58, all 14 verses. Do you find yourself there? Or is the text like talking about someone who is foreign to you, a lifestyle you are yet disassociated with? Is this IMPORTANT?
From my perspective, there is NOTHING, NO-THING, MORE IMPORTANT than this. HE plainly tells you in MATTHEW 25 that HE will use THIS CRITERIA to divide the nations. Which side will you be a part of, HIS sheep or the devil's goats.
If you are yet a religious GOAT, that must change, if you are to avoid the torment of the lake of fire for all eternity and enjoin with HIM for all eternity. And only YOU CAN CHANGE IT. How? Surrender your heart, your life, your will to YEHOVAH. TURN FROM YOUR SIN (STOP SINNING) and start living a life of sacrificed self love, a love that lays down what we want, for the needs of our brethren.
Joh 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Most church people (but certainly not all) think that abundant life is good health and maximum comfort. NOT! Abundant life is the vision to see the work our FATHER is doing, and do that. YESHUA was never about the economy when HE was in our midst physically. THAT HAS NOT CHANGED since HE ascended into Heaven. Oh no. HIS will, was to do HIS FATHER's will. If we are to live and love as HE did, we too are called to lay down our lives for our friends and neighbors.
When you come to REPENTANCE, my friends, you come to the CROSS, where your will dies, and HIS will takes up residence in you, by faith. And it is this FAITH that HE responds too. HIS response to our faith? HE places within us both the will and the desire to do HIS GOOD PLEASURE and not our own. What is HIS good pleasure? Go back to the top of the page and read our text again. Read the other texts I listed. Read them with an open heart, and you will find that DIVINE APPOINTMENTS began to reveal themselves before you. They've been there all along, you just did not have Biblical FAITH to see them. When HE births HIS will into your heart, YOU WILL LOOK for them, seek them out every day.
That does not look like beating others over the head with your "JESUS LOVES YOU" sign, while standing on a street corner somewhere. What it looks like, is the three texts we listed today. This is NEW CREATION LIFE. Is this the life you possess? Or, are you in reality, still living for self? If you don't perceive this, I WARN YOU, you have been DECIEVED. You are NOT living abundant life. You are living a LIE. A FALSE GOSPEL.
A man (woman) who is honestly mistaken; when they hear the TRUTH (as you have today), they are either no longer mistaken, OR, they cease to be honest. Selah
Will you allow the HOLY SPIRIT to illuminate your heart today? Will you turn away from the RICHES and CARES of this world? Or do they yet choke off HIS word, and keep YOU from bearing fruit. What happens to branches that do not bear fruit? They CUT OFF and CAST INTO THE FIRE, to BURN for ALL ETERNITY!!!!
If you don't believe this, you are yet ANTI-CHRIST.
REPENT!!! .....or you shall LIKEWISE PERISH!!!!!!!