MORNINGTIME 3491by Benjamin Munsell on May 25, 2020
Be ye therefore followers of God, (This is good, and this is required, but this in and of itself IS NOT ENOUGH), as dear children; And Walk In Love, (OK, now we're on the right road and it's getting better), as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. Ephesians 5:1-2. NOW we're getting somewhere, and THIS is a GOoD Thing. I don't mean to split hairs here, but we need to split some hairs with Wisdom and Understanding to Provoke you to Finish The Race. Here's why. In Jesus's day, AND also today, most people who followed (lowercase "f"), Jesus were in it to see the miracles, for the free lunch, (feeding the 4 and 5 thousand), to hear the story of Peter walking on water, and to be amazed at all the Great Things He said, UNTIL HE TOLD THEM TO EAT HIS FLESH AND DRINK HIS BLOOD! That was too much, the man's gone overboard and wants us to be cannibals. I'm outta' here. And today, let's see miracles, show us the gold dust, let's see angel feathers, and tell us smooth things, OR NO TITHING CHECK FOR YOU BUDDY! These are all people who will follow Christ as long as THEY get what THEY want, and want to hear. If it doesn't please THEM, they're gone. Now, back to the Scripture, "Be Followers of God... for a sweetsmelling savour". (This time it's a Capital "F"). The Sweet-smelling Savour part is the End Result of Following Christ, Hearing His Words, AND OBEYING ALL THAT HE SAYS TO DO. The key here is Obedience. And only in and through Obedience will you be able to Finish The Race. NOW we're talking about Following Christ the Way HE defines "Follow Me". It's all about HIM, and doing Things in Obedience to His Way. He said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me". John 14:6. Did you fail in an Obedience? OK, get up, brush off, Repent, ask Forgiveness, AND KEEP MOVING FORWARD. Even at one step at a time you can Finish The Race, and Eternally, Be Blessed.