“So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of Liberty.”
PRE-AMBLE by Robert
One of the first things as a very young man my worldly father brought to my attention. It had to do with my work ethic. “He clearly stated when collecting my remuneration from an employer, I should never be ashamed to receive my wages. His suggestion was when you work, or contract, your daily effort should be to the maximum effort available to you.
My Dad embellished, how important it was to build a reputation, and the effort required maintaining a said reputation as well the work ethic which goes hand in hand.
OPENING PRAYER by Robert
“ Heavenly Father I want to thank you for previewing the real depth of our faith. I petition you Father for wisdom to be upon all those reading this article deepen their discernment and understanding. Bring unto them a spirit of calm that any decision they are about to make in respect to their spiritual walk with you Lord would be an informed one void of emotions and worldly desires. I ask Lord you would remove any cords causing confusion and binding their minds. So, they might receive all and any information the Holy Spirit, will reveal to be used as the foundation of their future spiritual decisions as they continue their journey. I pray this in your name in the name of Yeshua AMEN and AMEN.“
OPENING STATEMENT by Robert
Why, am I talking about reputation and work ethics? How does this relate to working out our salvation? I think I mentioned this before, “how you practice, Is a reflection of the effort you will then perform at, throughout your walk”!
There are many levels of performance available to us while we are just passing through this life. The one choice we make when it comes to working out our Salvation is so essential, not so much in this life, but so very important in the next.
I was drawn to James 2:12, “Some give this explanation, that as they flattered themselves too much, they are summoned to the right tribunal. For men absolve themselves according to their own notions because they withdraw themselves from the judgment of the divine law.” James then reminds them all deeds and words are there to be accounted for because God will judge the world according to his law.
So how would reputation and work effort apply here as we do not live under the law but under Grace? If we use our two attributes “Reputation and Work Ethic,” to research further, we will find; James further explaining his statement. ” Except you wish to undergo the rigor of the law, you must be less rigid towards your neighbors. For the law of liberty is the same as the mercy of God, which delivers us from the curse of the law.” Hence the judgment of the law in itself is condemnation to eternal death. But James means by the word “LIBERTY,” so we are freed from the rigor of the law. What I see here is to give “our all” in working out our Salvation.
We would find as James put it, “Since none of us can stand before God, except we are delivered and freed from the strict rigor of the law, we ought so to act, that we may not through too much severity exclude the indulgence or mercy of God, of which we all have need to the last.”
So, as my Dad related in developing a reputation, “I would be honing my skills to demonstrate to those passing through my life what it takes to live under Grace while exercising God’s given liberty to do so.” While using my strong “Work Ethics” to plant the mustard seeds for later harvesting.
CLOSING STATEMENT by Robert
Go in peace knowing you have given your all while working out your Salvation. “Never being embarrassed when receiving one of God’s gifts.” “As it was earned, not taken for granted.” That it belonged to you just because, recognize, we have been called to work out our Salvation. Know there is a vast amount which needs to be worked out in our walk. Yes, our sins were forgiven and the slate cleaned of past sins. Now, it is our responsibility as newborns to work at keeping that slate as clean as possible. If you recall Yeshua reminds us when He heals, “Go and sin no more.”
Our journey will have it’s ups and downs trials and tribulations as demonstrated in this picture. Keep in mind Yeshua is always there to lift us up, still there to brush us off, always there to encourage us to live under Grace exercising our God-given “Liberty,” to the fullest, “Our Best,” nothing less so we can look in the mirror and say I offered my best and receive God’s gifts without being embarrassed.
CLOSING PRAYER by Robert
Father, thank you for bringing James into our lives as a guide and mentor. His words even from the past are alive and bring your wisdom for our souls to be fed. Thank you for allowing us to see the importance of your Liberty and the role it plays in working out our Salvation thank you, Father. This we pray in the name of Yeshua Amen, and Amen.
Blessings to all, and hold this “For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.” Remember these articles are messages given unto a humble servant as a Watchmen sounding the Trumpet of impending danger ahead. May our Father abundantly fill your plates. God’s blessings Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hands. Psalm 149:6