After three and a half years of ministering to God’s chosen people, Yeshua ha Mashiach (Jesus the Messiah) acknowledged that the people who had called for His destruction to protect their own positions, had no idea what they were doing when they insisted on His crucifixion.
Now Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they are not aware what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34)
Many Christians believe that we are in “the last days” (Acts 2:17, 2 Timothy 3:1, James 5:3, 2 Peter 3:3). If we assume this to be true, even for the sake of argument, will Jesus look at Christians and then to the Father with the same request because we don’t know what we are doing any more than they did?
Never mind what WE think, since God’s thoughts are not ours (Isaiah 55:8). The better questions are, “What does God think about us; how does He see us; how are we doing in His eyes?”
I shudder to think of how the Lord may greet His so-called “church.” With all its self-serving, religious trappings, the Christian church is to me a terrible representation of Jesus Christ, the humble servant and savior of all mankind.
Jesus and Paul, particularly, recommended that others should preach, but only those appointed, chosen, and anointed to the position of a herald. Jesus commissioned 12, not 1,200. Paul commissioned very few and, at the end of his life, only Timothy was left.
“Of this you are aware, that all those in the province of Asia were turned from me…” (2 Timothy 1:15)
So…how do we grasp the purity and sanctity of what God has placed in us (not to mention Whom His is placed in us!) in Christ Jesus? Five steps, I believe, are sufficient:
- “Direct your heart to the LORD and serve him only…” (1 Samuel 7:3)
- “Be ambitious to be quiet…” (1 Thessalonians 4:11)
- “Be engaged in your own affairs…” (1 Thessalonians 4:11)
- “Be working with your hands…” (1 Thessalonians 4:11)
- “The ideal thing committed to you, guard through the holy spirit which is making its home in us.” (1 Timothy 1:14)
If we think it’s our job to grow up sons and daughters for God, whom He can trust and to Whom He can relate, we are sadly mistaken. He is well able to do it for Himself. Indeed, He alone is qualified to accomplish “the purpose of the eons, which He makes in Christ Jesus, our Lord” (Ephesians 3:11).
When all else fails, remember this:
“Relax and know that I am Elohim (God)” (Psalm 46:10, CLV)
I pray that when the Lord returns, He does not find us chasing after other lords, or being one ourselves. I pray that He finds us holy and sanctified, alert and fully aware of exactly what we are doing!
Blessings and joy in the journey.