What Really Matters

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. ~ John 15,16 ~

Bearing fruit means that you disciple other people who are born again. Just as Jesus was sent into the world and bore fruit through discipling the Twelve. Many Christians are not really bearing a lot of fruit. They know the Bible, but are not able to help others to get born again. There might be several reasons for this, but I think that having the wrong focus is the main reason.

John 14,6 ~ Jesus is the only way to the Father

Although many Christians know the Bible and know that Jesus is the only way to the Father, they are busy solving this world. Besides working in the world, their focus is not on spreading the Good News. Often people say about this that also Paul was working as a tentmaker. However, he was only doing this temporarily and not as part of his mission work as you can read in Acts 18.

After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them, and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them. Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks. When Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, Paul devoted himself exclusively to preaching, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah. ~ Acts 18,1-6 ~

If you serve Jesus while you also have a job in this world and you like it, I think that is fine as long as you have peace with God. The point is, however, that many Christians do not understand that the focus in missionary work should be on preaching the Gospel. I mean to say that Christians try to do a lot of good in this world without proclaiming the Kingdom of God and Jesus as Lord. There are people in this world who strive for righteousness. That is OK, but that does not make them a true follower Jesus. However, as Christians we ought to know that we cannot save this world and that this world eventually will be destroyed.

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. ~ 2 Peter 3,10-14 ~

Many Christians are striving to live in a kind of theocracy. In a certain way they hope to change the society they live in, so it will be a Biblical society. I don’t think this will work. I am not against helping people in need and doing good. However, striving to prevent people from sinning while they are not born again is hopeless. People will sin and live unrighteous because they are bound to sin. Even when there are all kind of laws. The Law didn’t help the Israelites in the Old Testament either. Besides, we cannot judge people for doing things that they don’t think are unrighteous.

1 Corinthians 15,12-13 ~ We are not to judge the world, but those inside the church

I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people. What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. ~ 1 Corinthians 5,9-13 ~

Our focus should be to proclaim the Kingdom of God. When people are touched by the power of God, they will probably turn to God and acknowledge their sin. Then they can become born again and turn away from a life of unrighteousness. This will be the solution for the unrighteousness in this world for as far as we can do anything about it. If we should strive to righteousness in our lives now, it should be that we ought to live holy in the church. In this way we will be ready for the Day of Judgment as we read in 2 Peter 3. I hope you look forward to the new heaven and the new earth where righteousness dwells.

God bless you,

Brother Jacob

Founder of Experience Jesus

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