The Sword, The Cross, and The Reward!!!
Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it. “He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me. He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward. And he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward.”…… Matthew 10:34-42
In our previous study We see Jesus telling His Disciples never to be afraid of what Man can do to them. But instead, they should fear God who can destroy both the Soul and the Body. We see Him saying to Us that if we deny Him before Men, He we also deny use before the Father. In these verses, we shall see the effect of standing boldly for Christ among our relatives.
Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword: This is an amazing statement!!! He who is known as the Prince of Peace all over the world says”…. I did not come to bring Peace but a sword!!! ” Peace is found in the Kingdom of God, in the midst of the Church that Jesus is building and in the hearts of His True Disciple. But Peace is not found upon the Earth. He did not come in His first coming to establish Peace on the Earth. He will do that when He comes the second time, when He comes as a Ruler. But now, the Ruler of the world is Satan and there cannot be Peace on the Earth as long as Satan is the Ruler. We cannot pray that there will be Peace upon the Earth as Long as Satan is there. But we can pray for a restraining of the force of the violence so that we can have freedom to preach the Gospel. Jesus came with a Sword of Division between those who Confess Him before Men and those who do not Confess Him before Men. There will always be a Division between the True Disciples of the Lord and Hypocrites.
For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.:The Sword that Jesus came with will even cause division in a Family. It sets a Man against His Father!!! It is not that a Man wants to be against His father, but because He takes a stand for the Lord, He finds that it brings Him at variance against His Father or brings the Father against the Son. If one takes a Stand for the Lord and the other does not, there will be a sword and separation. Imagine a Son who has been gripped by the Truths in God’s word and wants to live for God and give up His sinful way. But the Father and Mother does not want Him to because they wanted Him to become a Doctor or Politician. They would say to Him, “Son, don’t treat us like this. After all we have spent on You, is this how you want to pay us back?” The Son becomes confused on what to do!!! This is where the Sword should come in. This can also happen between Daughter and Mother and among In-laws. If one wants to live for God and the other wants to live for the Devil, there will always be a Division. Then we will find out that those who will stand as Our Enemies to Christ are members of our household. They are those who are so closely related to us because we do not seek to please them. This is why Jesus says anyone who wants to be my Disciple must hate His Father, Mother, brothers, sisters, Wife, children and his own life(Luke 14:26).Let us therefore choose whom we want to live for. Let us be willing to offend anyone who wants to be an hindrance to us in following the Lord even if it is going to be our Father or Mother.
He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me: It is a question of who you Love more. It is perfectly alright to Love Your Father and Mother provided they are not hindrance to your following Jesus. But when the Lord calls you to do something and Your Father and Mother tells you not to do it, and You obey your parents because You Love them more than Jesus(Lying on behalf of parent for example), then Listen to what Jesus says, “You are not worthy of Him”. It could be the other way, where the Father and the Mother in order to please their children they do certain things which will dishonor the Lord. For example, Do you stand up when you see Your Son and Daughter dressing in an improper way and following the fashion of world or do you love them so much that You decided to ignore the Lord’s pure testimony? So many Christian parents are partial towards their children against the Lord and the end result is that those children go away from the Lord completely because they discovered that their parents were Hypocrites!! I don’t want Jesus to ever say to Me when I see Him “You are not worthy of Me, because You Love Your Father and Mother more than Me. You wanted to please Your Sons and Daughters instead of Me. You are not Worthy to be with Me Depart from Me!!!”
And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me: Here is another thing which makes us unworthy of Jesus Christ. And this is the main message missing in Today’s Christianity!!! If I am not willing to take up my Cross, to Die daily(Luke 9:23),to deny my own will in time of Temptations and other circumstances that comes across my path daily, then I am not worthy of the Lord. When God’s will and My own will clashes, when My own will wants to do something but God’s will in that situation is different from my will. That is when I have to Deny my own will and Die to Myself and choose the will of God. If I don’t deny my own will, I can never follow the Lord. Those who imagine that they are following the Lord without denying their own will everyday by the power of the Holy Spirit are only deceiving themselves. The Cross speaks of Death!!! Anyone seen carrying the Cross in Jerusalem during the time of Jesus is simply saying “Bye Bye to the World. He is no longer concern about His reputation, He is no longer seeking to please others, He is simply going to Die” If we truly want to Follow the Lord, then we must die to our Reputation, Ego, ambitions and our own will Everyday.
He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it: What does it means to find our Life? This refers to the Life of the Flesh which we have inherited from Adam. If we value the type of Life we have received from Adam, in such a way that we always want to find it and preserve and protect it, then we shall lose it in eternity. We are not to seek to find our life because this life we have inherited from Adam is worthless, it is fit to be thrown away. Taking up the Cross Daily will help to put this Self Life to Death. If You compromise with the world in order to preserve that life of Yours which you have inherited from Adam. That Life of Ego, that Life that seeks it own, that Life that is selfish and judgmental, that Life that is rebellious and always seeks to do its own will. If You seek to preserve it, You will definitely Lose it in eternity. But if you are willing to lose that Life here on Earth, to give up that ego and reputation of Yours, to give up that selfishness and seeking Your own will, then You will find that reward which is Eternal Life. The Life of God Himself which can never be destroyed. He will only Give that Life to those who are willing to lay down the Life they have received from Adam. In other words, God is saying “If you are willing to give up that Life You received from Adam, then I will give you the Life and nature of Jesus” it is such a Fantastic Exchange!!! Give up Your garbage and get Gold in return!!! Won’t You be willing to give up your dust bin and get Gold in return? That’s exactly how it is when we compare the Life we received From Adam with what God is offering Us through Jesus Christ. Blessed are those Who see it and are willing to make that exchange!!!
He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me. He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward. And he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward: Do you know that if You are a True, Devoted and Faithful Disciple of Jesus Christ, Anyone who receives You is receiving Christ? And He who rejects You is rejecting Christ? What an Honour!!! God Honours those who Honour Him. Those who open their homes for a True Disciple of the Lord actually receives the Lord into their Homes and they will definitely be rewarded for it. Similarly, If you Honour and receive a Prophet of God because You recognized that this is a Man who is speaking as the Oracle of God, You will get the same reward as if you were a prophet yourself!! We have to be careful, for there are false prophets around. But if you receive and welcome the words a True Prophet sent by God, then you will receive a Prophet reward. In the same way, if you respect and Honour a Righteous Man who is standing up for holiness, purity and standing against Sin, You will also be rewarded.
And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a Disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward: I Love this part so much!!! That Just by giving a Little Disciple of the Lord a Cup of Cold Water, I will not lose my reward!! Any small little thing I do Like a Cup of water(Cheapest thing i can offer) given to someone in the name of Jesus will bring a Reward. God is never in debt to any man who has done anything to one of His Children in His name. This is a Ministry that everyone of Us can engage in if we are not gifted to bless others in ways that God has given us abilities to. Let us therefore Look for Disciples to give a Cup of Cold Water today.
Dear Friend, Be ready to offend those whom you Love in other to stand firm with the Lord. Take up Your Cross Daily and Walk in the Footsteps of Jesus. Exchange Your Garbage for Gold and your ashes for beauty. And Be a blessing to the People of God. May His Grace Helps Us all(Amen). God bless You. Have a blessed day.
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The Sword, The Cross, and The Reward!!!