SEEK PERSONAL CONSECRATION
For disciples--An excerpt from our article, How to Get to Heaven--Seek personal consecration. Our article, Christians Are On the Earth to Serve the Lord is a call to seek personal consecration unto God. "We put off the old man and his desperate, wicked deeds (like watching television) and we start putting on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him. This is serving the Lord, living the clean new life. Even when a Christian woman is washing the dishes and taking care of her children she is doing sanctified work--she is fulfilling the scriptures; women are to be keepers at home. When a man provides for his family, he is fulfilling the scriptures. When we consecrate ourselves and our things (house, apartment, furniture, grass, etc.), daily living takes on a new dimension." As time goes along we are in a position to receive whichever spiritual gift(s) that God is pleased to give us, e.g., exhortation, prophesy, teaching, etc. (the gifts are found in the New Testament epistles (letters)). The apostle Paul teaches us that we should desire to prophesy because then we speak to men unto edification, exhortation, and comfort (I Corinthians 14:1)--just ask God for what you want and just walk on in obdience to the word--we can help the saints to go forward and be built up and be comforted (I Corinthians 14:3). When you prophesy you can edify God's church (I Corinthians 14:4)--we need the prophets. John the Baptist was more than a prophet (Matthew 11:9) and it was testified that he did no miracle (John 10:41). Prophesying is telling men what God wants them to hear. The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy (Revelation 19:10).
Down here we work for the Master, the Lord Jesus, and sow the seed, sharing his word. Those that hear and receive the word on good ground will be saved (people do not always get saved at the moment they first hear the truth--in time, however they may repent and believe). God sees the work that his people do, and he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Psalm 126:6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves* with him. *Sheaves are bundles of wheat or other grain grasses that the harvesters have harvested and bundled.Sowing in the morning, sowing seeds of kindness,
Sowing in the noontide and the dewy eve,
Waiting for the harvest and the time of reaping--
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.
Excerpted from the hymn, "Bringing in the Sheaves" ♪
As we read the Bible and obey it and pray, the Lord will lead us as to what we should do. Just taking care of our families and being obedient to the scriptures is good--just staying in position, taking care of our responsibilities, and being ready to give an answer to every man that asketh us a reason of the hope that is in us (these things are in the Bible, we just read and follow). You do not have to run off to a foreign mission field because you got saved (if God does not call you to the mission field and give you peace and anointing, you will not prosper if you try to go), you can stay at home and minister to your family and follow God's leading. When we first get saved, we can be excited and ready to try to do everything. That was my case. One day I saw a line that said something like this "God is not in a hurry." As I recall, for some reason it settled me down some. Keep reading and obeying the word (the Bible), fulfill your daily responsibilites, and pray--you will automatically grow just as surely as a baby grows up to be an adult. We start out as babes in Christ and as we go forward reading and obeying and having our senses exercised by life experiences, we grow up and mature in the Lord.
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