Setting the Bar High

5685826016_dca232e612_mThe book of Matthew chapter 5 and verse 48….Jesus is speaking…Be therefore perfect. Even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. Everyone has some type of goals or ambitions in life. Even if at this point you haven’t quite identified them as of yet. We see here in Matthew that our Lord tells us to be perfect. Now in the Greek this actually means to be mature and well rounded. In Matthew chapter 10 verse 10.. Jesus tells the apostles that the workman is worthy of his wage. In many of the working trades such as carpentry,plumbing,electrical etcetera. When an individual comes into the craft they are referred to as a journeymen. For they are in fact beginning a journey which will end in them becoming a master themselves. Someone who will now be able to teach and raise up others in the same way. That is of course if they themselves complete the journey. Recently there was a show on T.V. called The Selection. There are very few things that I watch on T.V..But this caught my eye. Thirty individuals voluntarily put themselves through an eleven day special forces training. No awards. No trophy’s. And no prize money was given. This was the same training that Navy Seals, Army Rangers etc., go through. Or close to it. In the end only four of the thirty finished. That would be 13%.And two of them were on their last gasps of breath in the end. The training was brutal in the physical and in the psychological realms. And those who did finish save one were not who you may have thought would do so in the beginning. One by one they dropped out during various phases of the training. Their bars were not set high enough.

Christianity is very much the same way. This is why Jesus said that many are called but few are chosen. They enter their walk with Christ with a certain mindset about the faith. But when they day comes as it did with Peter. When the Lord told him to get out of the boat. They like Peter sink. The difference is Peter didn’t drown. He cried out for Jesus and kept going. Matthew chapter 13 verse 21.Jesus was expounding on the Parable of the Sower.Listen to what he says about this particular person. Spoken of as a seed that had been planted in the parable…..He has no root in himself…and he endures for a little while. But when tribulation and persecution arises because of the word of God. He becomes offended…In other words in the Greek…he quits! the Gospel of John chapter 15 verse 1..Jesus is speaking…I am the true vine. And my Father is the keeper of the vineyard. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit, my Father cuts off. And every branch that does bear fruit he prunes. That it may bring forth more fruit. The parable said the individual had no root in himself. This was the mistake. Self reliance has been the death of many a Christian. Jesus said that he is the vine. And we are to be attached to that vine and his roots at all times. It is not our roots or goals or ambitions that will bring us to our goal which is heaven. It is doing the will of the Father as Jesus himself demonstrated for us. Even to the giving of his own life in obedience. So set the bar high and stay rooted to the vine. And you can not fail in Christ….To be continued

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