If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," you do well. James 2:8
One day a certain lawyer stood up and put Jesus to the test by asking Him what he had to do to inherit eternal life. Jesus in turn asked him a question, "What is written in the law, and what is your reading of it?" The lawyer, obviously well versed in the law of Moses answered and said, "You shall love the Lord your God with all of your heart and your neighbor as yourself."
In our modern day society of fast paced digital Christianity most would answer this question by saying that all one has to do to inherit salvation is pray a prayer and your ticket gets punched for Heaven. Maybe Jesus was speaking of Old Testament law, after all He hadn't been to the cross yet and so He pointed the lawyer in the direction of the commandments of God. But what does all of this really mean in regards to true salvation by loving God and our neighbor?
Jesus was explaining that eternal life has to do with relationship and notritual, devotion and not mechanical repetition or rote and that by truly giving one's heart to God and by loving everyone with the same love that Jesus loved us is the basis of eternal life. The lawyer then tested Jesus with another question by asking Him who his neighbor was and Jesus proceeded to tell him a story about a man who gave example of how to love his neighbor as himself.
If a brother or sister (or anyone for that matter) is naked and destitute of daily food and one of you says to them, "Depart in peace, be warmed and filled," but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. James 2:15-17
THE GOOD SAMARITAN
"A certain man went down to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead." Luke 10:30
What would you do if you encountered a naked man lying in the road bleeding, beatened and robbed, half dead and needing immediate medical attention? Most I'm afraid, like the two ministers who passed by would flee the scene not wanting to get involved, and rightly so, why he might be gay and have aids and besides I just had my Mercedes washed and wouldn't want the seats stained with blood.
The point of this message is that the body of Christ is called to those needing assistance: the poor, blind, naked, lame, gay or anyone who needs Jesus! We as His servants are to lay down our lives for the unlovely, those who no one else will touch because the rich don't need Him and the poor have no where else to turn, unless you expect the world to help them. One morning at a men's fellowship we were discussing this very thing about helping the needy and homeless and a man told us that he just didn't have compassion for those kinds of people.
That statement stirred my spirit because at one time I didn't have compassion for them either, that is until Jesus showed me the need outside the confines of the sanctuary in the streets, and it changed me forever. For years I have worked with drug addicts, prostitutes, gays, criminals, ex-offenders, sex-offenders and people often say to me, we are so glad God called you to help these people, but in actuality they meant, we're glad he didn't call us! Well, I have bad news! He called you too!
"But a certain Samaritan as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. "So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him." Luke 10:33,34
BEWARE OF COVETOUSNESS
"Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses." Luke 12:15
In the marriage covenant there are only two words that matter in regards to the vow and that is: "I do!" I don't care how frilly you make them sound, or mushy, when it is all said and done those two little words mean: I will give my life to you! Although the "Sinner's Prayer" has been grossly misrepresented as a one time entrance to the kingdom, there is a vow of covenant when one gives his heart and life to the Lord Jesus Christ!
Once the commitment to follow Jesus is made and repentance of a sinful life is accomplished, the blood of His covenant cleanses the sinner of all unrighteousness and he becomes a new creation in Christ! Once this happens the Holy Spirit enters the heart, or holy of hollies, deep within the spirit of man and resides there until he enters eternal life. From that time on the Spirit leads us into all truth and just as a husband should, He provides all the needs of His new bride.
Covetousness, pride, greed and selfish ambition can destroy this new found relationship just as it has destroyed thousands of marriages. The new believer is bombarded from day one with the riches and pleasures of the world and the devil begins to lay snares to entrap him and draw him away to serve other gods that will ultimately lead to his demise. In the next few messages we will further discover the outcome of not fulfilling the "Royal Law" of the Lord Jesus Christ and the serious consequences that they have on one's life.
I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry."' "But God said to him, 'Fool! This very night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?' "So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God." Luke 12:19-21