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Help Wanted On The Gospel Road

Help Wanted

Leadership Help Wanted: A leader who can lead others in a team environment. Candidate must be willing to undergo suffering, accept adversity, withstand physical attacks, and be willing to lose his or her life for the cause if necessary. Candidate must be willing to accept possible humiliation, torture, loss of strength, temptation to leave the job, no earthly reward, and loss of life. Candidate must be willing to accept the same conditions for followers. Candidate must be adept at dealing with the problems of subordinates, including dissension, arguments, false accusations, and slacking off.

Subordinate Help Wanted: Ground floor opportunity in worldwide organization. Must be willing to follow directions and sacrifice everything, possibly one's life. Must be willing to give up everything and be willing to be suffer adversity, physical attacks, including loss of finances. Must be willing to remain in an environment where fellow subordinates may argue, make false accusations, and where there is an ever-present falling away from the goals of the organization.

When the rubber of real life meets the gospel road, the road is not smooth. The gospel road every Christian must walk, if we chose to walk it, is full of obstacles, difficulties, pain, suffering, and loss. In the civilized industrial world, we live in sugarcoated opulence compared to third world nations. We live in a world where sin is glorified, excused, or accepted as normal behavior. In the liberal media world there is nearly always a happy ending to sinful acts or the bad guys win and no one cares. We live in a world where if one must pay a price for progress then the progress is no longer considered worth the price.

Spoon fed babies…now getting older.

Today people in the faith and outside of the faith do not want to sacrifice to get where they want to go or are called to go. Today, people and expect a life of ease and a life of convenience because they are spoiled. The expectation of a life of ease and convenience leads to a sense of helplessness and denial when adversity strikes or persecution comes. In our modern world in the U.S. and other industrialized nations it is expected that at every whimper, someone is expected to come to aid, to comfort, and to take the pain away. We want our cake, piled high with icing, and want to eat it too. We want someone to take care of us. We do not want to assume responsibility for ourselves. Instead, we want the government to take care of us, our employers to take care of us, and yes, we definitely want God to take care of us. We are no longer willing to walk our faith road by faith alone. Today, faith is not enough because we want our sight right now and we refuse to walk the faith road if we can't have faith and sight together. We no longer find it necessary to have self-control or self-discipline, to resist temptation, and to go the extra mile to remain holy before our God.

In a liberal world that disdains accountability until forced to the wall and despises the idea of personal responsibility for personal actions we no longer feel the need to walk the Christian walk every day all day. In today's sin laden excesses we can, if we fall away from the faith, find it easy to come back and try again with no guilt, no remorse, no commitment to do better, and no godly sorrow about our actions. We make excuses, we whine, we complain, and we whimper in our weaknesses. We rationalize our lack of fortitude to fight the good fight by saying everyone is weak and everyone falls away. We can maintain deplorable personal standards of our conduct because we have lowered our standards of personal behavior, by ignoring what the scriptures call sinful acts. We have lowered the bar of personal conduct or we have removed the bar completely. As long as we lower our interpretations of what God expects of us as Christians, expects of us as His sheep, or expects of us as His servants we can do as we please. With lowered expectations or no expectations of behavior we can fall in and out of the faith, and rack it all up as just being human.

When the gospel road gets difficult, today, in spineless fashion, we just decide not to walk. Be forewarned. God will not stand idly by and watch us trash His love for us by our poor regard for our personal conduct and our personal responsibility for controlling our behavior.

The day of real testing is soon coming. The road ahead is not just full of bumps and potholes but full of twists and turns where open persecutions lurk behind every tree and every rock. We walk a gospel road where those who adhere to the faith will not just be tested by the temptations of sin but by open persecutions that will threaten the well-being of every believer.

2 Corinthians 5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) (KJV)

John 12:35 Then Jesus told them, "You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. The man who walks in the dark does not know where he is going. 36Put your trust in the light while you have it, so that you may become sons of light." (NIV)

1 John 2:6 Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.(NIV)

1Peter 4:3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries. (KJV)

1John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. (KJV)

2 John1:6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it. (KJV)

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