Sincerity of Heart

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Colossians 3:22 ** Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eye- service, as men pleaser; but in singleness (sincerity) of heart, fearing God. (King James V).

As faithful servants we must obey the rules/laws of man which are closely related to the rules/laws/commandments of our Lord God. The entire chapter 3 of Colossians instructs faithful servants to ‘put to death our earthly nature of evil desires, lust, and greed which is idolatry. (verse3:5)…… Since true servants are hidden with Christ in God, we can now enjoy fellowship with our Lord God (Verse 3). Our new self allows us to imitate the image of our Creator (verse 10). Whatever we do in word and deed we represent our God by giving thanks through Christ, the Messiah (verse 17). 

True faithful servants imitate our Creator with a sincere heart and not just to please men for recognition. Most of this evil world leaves our God out of the picture and take personal credit for accomplishments of men. People often plaster their walls with awards, trophies and certificates to become full of earthly grandeur. Their heart now becomes void and empty in the sight of our God.  Even if locked in confinement or chains we must become humble servants as was the Christ Jesus, the Messiah. Without achieving HIS humility we may win an Olympic race but never achieve the crown to win the race for eternal life. We start this life giving eternal race by imitating the image of our Creator. This imitation is being obedient to the laws, precepts and commandments of love dictated in the Holy Word.  Only then can we achieve righteousness as a gift from God. This is the same righteousness Abraham was granted. This is the same righteousness of love that makes mankind worthy for entry into the soon coming Kingdom.

True servants that imitate our Creator with a sincere heart do not please men for recognition as in the case of the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax collector in Luke 18:9-14. The Messiah spoke this parable about those who trusted in themselves with self-righteousness but despised others. This was a teacher of the law that observed the written laws commanded by Father God. However, many manmade laws in the strict observance of rites, ceremonies and oral laws were added. This teacher/preacher condemned and despised others thinking only his way of thinking and interpreting scripture was righteous. The tax collector humbled himself and asked for mercy for he knew he was a sinner.  The Messiah in verse 14 pointed out that: “…Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”  

Mankind is strictly conscious of every status. As a hungry wolf pushes aside the weak for the prime share, we seek to be seen and regarded in high esteem of others. Humility is the way to the heart of our God. The Messiah in Matthew 5:5 advises: “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” ……Again in Matthew 18:4, saying: “Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” ** This rule continues to this day. ** The Apostle Peter in 1 Peter 5:5-6 advises us to be ‘clothed with humility, saying. “…God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that HE may exalt you in due time.” (Proverbs 3:34 translates exalt as giving grace).   ** As we strive to become humble, we must cast off arrogant vanity and destroy the deceitful power of prestige. We must not humbug our mind into thinking we are something we are not. The arrogant humbug of mankind’s mind as a perpetual liar leads to the promised second death (Revelation 21:8). ** They (mankind) have all turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is none who does good, no, not one. (Psalm 14:3, Romans 3:10 translate corrupt as none righteous). ** In this age mankind has become even more corrupt and unrighteous as when King David and the Apostle Paul penned these true words of God. 

Job 32:1 ** .So these three men ceased answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.  ** The Spirit of the Lord opened the eyes of Elihu to see that Job justified himself rather than God (verse 2).  The young Elihu repeated the words of Job, saying, “I am pure, without transgression; I am innocent, and there is no iniquity in me.” (Job 33:9). The book of Job began saying he was blameless and upright and one who feared God and shunned evil.  God waited patiently for Job to humble himself in repentance and cast off his arrogant vanity of thinking he was righteous and without sin.  It took Job forty two chapters to finally humble himself before God. Job repented, saying, “Therefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” (Job 42:6).

Satan, the present ruler of this world provides legal and illegal drugs to stupefy people with much less tragedy than Job endured. By persevering, Job’s humility in repentance gained a glorious favor for God. Our present day mental institutions, hospitals, drugs, alcohol abuse, television and even cell phones prevent mankind from seeking the favor of the Lord in Bible Study and Messianic Church of God Worldwide Congregations.  Righteous blindness of the entire world continues to mushroom into a cancer of death.

II Corinthians 5:20-21 ** Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us; we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For HE made HIM who knew no sin (Christ, the Messiah Jesus) to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in HIM.  Humble yourself in repentance and ask God to help you relieve the sin of your righteous blindness to become alive again!  Humble now as you read this truth!

 

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