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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

What does not matter


But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. - Mark 10: 42-25

Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2: 11-13

In this world the governments exercise lordship over their citizens. As Christians it is Jesus that is our Lord. Jesus said his kingdom is not of this world. We have been grafted into the vine of Israel. We are part of Christ's kingdom, not an earthly one.

Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. Hebrews 13: 7, 8

Those that have rule over us are those that led us to Christ. Follow their faith. Follow their leadership, as long as they continue to be led by the Holy Spirit. Learn to be lead by the Holy Spirit yourself. Follow Jesus.

Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you. Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly. - Hebrews 13: 16-18

Obey your rulers ===> those in Christ that watch over your soul. Pray for Christian leadership, those that serve you in Christ.

Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's. - Matthew 22: 19-21

No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. - Luke 16: 13

Chose this day whom you will serve. Follow God, or follow man, you cannot follow both and succeed for either. If the government wants your paycheck, give it too them. You are an ambassador of Christ's heavenly kingdom, if you keep God as your source he will keep you regardless of what government is in power. Read the book of Daniel again.

But your ruler is not an earthly government, it is God, follow the Holy Spirit as he leads. You and your family, if you are dedicated to God, are God's citizens not Caesar's property. Do and act as God Directs, not as mere man demands. Give the government their money and give God what is his, your life.

Then one of them, a lawyer, asked tempting him and saying "Master which is the great commandment in the law?" Jesus said unto him "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." Matthew 22:35-40 ( KJV), see also Luke 10: 25-37

There is only one thing God is taking out of this world -– people.

What does not matter. God has promised to take care of the what.

Who are your priorities.

Jesus is Lord.