“Time-Wasting Practices”

KEY SCRIPTURE

Exo. 5:14 And the officers of the children of Israel, which Pharaoh’s taskmasters had set over them, were beaten, and demanded, Wherefore have ye not fulfilled your task in making brick both yesterday and to day, as heretofore? 15 Then the officers of the children of Israel came and cried unto Pharaoh, saying, Wherefore dealest thou thus with thy servants? 16 There is no straw given unto thy servants, and they say to us, Make brick: and, behold, thy servants are beaten; but the fault is in thine own people. 17 But he said, Ye are idle, ye are idle: therefore ye say, Let us go and do sacrifice to the LORD. 18 Go therefore now, and work; for there shall no straw be given you, yet shall ye deliver the tale of bricks.

Isn’t it wonderful to live in an age with the religious freedom to live your idea of holiness? Remember when being a Christian could result in being eaten by lions? Even in today’s world one may be harshly persecuted for professing a belief in Jesus of Nazareth. Imagine living in a society at a time when the awareness of Yahweh was non-existent, then realize there was a time when the belief in the atom was nil in this society!

From the beginning, the big controversy has been about making the decision to obey an invisible God. Of course, we could just simply decide that reality is intrinsically perceivable, calculable, i.e. tangible. Adam decided to eat of the “forbidden fruit” from the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil in opposition to the commandment of God (Gen. 3:6; Gal. 5:19-21). This caused Adam, who was created “good” and in unanimity (or oneness) with God, to produce children filled with dualism (Rom. 7:14-25)! So, even today we struggle with the choice of pleasing God or engaging in a decadent belief in materialism.

Real leadership has the capability of bringing out the best in us, however we must know the difference between Gentile and Christian leadership (Mat. 5, 20:20-28, 23). Note how Jesus deals with the general public (“they”), and those who are either striving to or having attained leadership (“ye”, “you”). Apparently, He expects real leaders to have humility/servility in order to glorify His name (Psa. 75:6; Rom. 6:16)! Note also the implied leadership/dedication (“some 100 fold, some 60, some 30”) in The Sower Parable (Mat. 13:1-23).

Officers of the Children of Israel” is a representation of a false promotion with no respect as seen in the KEY SCRIPTURE. This type of promotion is nothing more than a lateral movement, and only affords us an abundance of vanity. However, it does NOT prevent attacks (verbal, psychological, or physical) whenever pseudo-leadership feels it’s warranted. According to Pharaoh, these “officers” are slackers because they wanted to worship an invisible God as opposed to slaving for him (“ye are idle…”; Mat. 16:26).

Real leadership leads its constituents to real promotion, which is the result of God’s grace and humility! Note the humility of Jesus to the Father (Jhn. 17:3), the Holy Spirit to Jesus (Jhn. 16:7), Man to the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:14), Woman to Man (I Pet. 2:23-3:7), and children to parents (Prv. 6:20). By showing the LORD the humility that we know He expects, He will give us “expected end” (Jer. 29:11; Prv. 16:7). God not only wants us to have an earthly crown, but a Heavenly one as well (I Cor. 9:24-27)! Some people are waiting on “one day” to prepare for their crown, however God wants us to stop waiting on one day and start TODAY!

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