by John and Ruth Greene
What is the best sacrifice in the life of a disciple of the Messiah? The best way to honor YHWH is a mind and heart that seeks obedience. On the other hand, being a captive of the world makes you blind to the truth of YHWH. (John 15:18, 18:36; Luke 21:36; Romans 12:1-2; 2 Peter 3:3-4; 1 John 2:15-18; 2 Corinthians 4:4) He seeks those that have the right heart condition. (Mark 4:1-25; Luke 8:4-21) YHWH has rescued wanderers in the desert (Psalm 107:4-9), the prisoners of captivity (Psalm 107:10-16), the sick (Psalm 107:17-20), and the storm-tossed (Psalm 107:23-30). YHWH Almighty wants to deliver all that will listen with the idea that His people will tell everyone what He has done. When you live in YHWH’s presence, you cannot keep it to yourself for long. (1) Do you have the heart to share what Elohim has done for you? Will you tell anyone about it? Are you equipped? (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:15; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:18-20)
In the past YHWH collected the lost, hungry, thirsty and exhausted of those wanderers in exiled old Israel. A wanderer today is anyone that doesn’t truly know YHWH, the cause of Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah and the operation of the Holy Spirit. (John 14:15-17, 26, 16:7-15; Acts 2:38; 1 Corinthians 2:13, 6:19; Romans 8:26) Those that have never experienced trial may not appreciate YHWH as much as those that have matured under some level of hardship or difficulty. Those that have seen YHWH work in times of distress have a deeper insight into His loving-kindness. If you have experienced great trials, you have the potential for great praise. (Luke 21:34-36; 1 Peter 4:13; Psalm 107:32) Anyone that recognizes his or her own separation from Father YHWH can receive the offer of Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah to satisfy their deepest needs. (John 4:10-14, 6:33-35, 14:6; Matthew 11:28-30; James 5:1-6) Have you received this offer of life?
A life without the Father and the operation of the Holy Spirit often produces a bitter, lonely and helpless old age. A life centered around Him is fulfilling, countering the days of trouble when disability, sickness and handicap may try to cause barriers that threaten the enjoyment of life. YHWH’s Word heals, overcoming much depending on your willingness to believe His promises. The life of a faithful disciple has satisfaction because of trust in the promises of Elohim and ultimately the gift of eternal life. Being young is exciting, but the excitement of youth and the pull of the world can become a barrier to closeness with the Father. These distractions can cause a young person to focus on passing pleasures instead of Kingdom values. Regardless of your age, make your strength available to YHWH while it is still yours. (Ecclesiastes 12:1-7) Don’t waist your youth on meaningless activities that become bad habits and strongholds of Satan. Seek YHWH now!
The teacher of philosophy and secular thought may say that all is vanity, but actively seeking disciples of Yahshua [Jesus] come to know that binding our hearts to YHWH is not vanity. Christians must also realize that the unexpected can happen at any time. Life can be fragile. Because of this, disciples must recognize life as a precious resource to be used wisely instead of being squandered frivolously. Stripped of YHWH’s Spirit, our bodies return to dust. Stripped of YHWH’s purpose, human works are in vain. Stripped of YHWH’s love, your devotion and service is useless. Put YHWH first over all that you do. Without Him, a person has nothing. Understanding that life is futile without the presence of YHWH should motivate a wise person to seek Him first. (Matthew 6:33; John 4:24; Proverbs 3:6) A wise word, like an ox goad, may seem to be unpleasant at first; but a wise word keeps you moving forward in Elohim’s Word.
“A lecturer seeks to find acceptable words describing upright words of truth.” – Ecclesiastes 12:10, direct translation
The philosophies and secular thinking of man will not save you. Man’s wisdom fills untold numbers of books, while your time is better spent feeding on the truth of YHWH’s Word. His wisdom will lead to righteous action with the right heart condition. Wise students of scripture will understand and do what they learn from scripture and the Holy Spirit. Wisdom also dictates that the enjoyment of life does not exempt Christians from obeying the Father’s commandments. Your time is short so that time must be spent to good advantage, by learning important truths, including what is beyond what most religious preachers care to talk about. Bible truth affects life. What choices you make bring you into or put you out of eternity. (Luke 21:15; Revelation 20:12; James 1:5, 3:17; Colossians 2:8, 3:16; Ecclesiastes 8:1)
“Let us hear the conclusion of the entire matter: Fear Elohim and guard His commands, for this applies to all mankind! For Elohim shall bring every work into right-ruling, including all that is hidden, whether good or whether evil. ” – Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, ISR98 (2)
Those that are disciples of the Messiah must search for purpose and meaning through the Words of Messiah and the Holy Spirit despite the injustice of the world. Those that lack proper purpose and direction in life should reverence YHWH. Those that obey Him have nothing to fear because they are actively seeking Him with a Spirit of Truth, baptized with the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 6:23, 12:37; John 8:12, 32; 2 Timothy 2:7; 1 John 2:27; 1 Corinthians 4:5)
“Send bread upon the face of the waters, for you will find it in abundant times. Give a portion indefinitely, even in good times (to seven, even to eight); for you do not know what evil will come to exist on the land.” – Ecclesiastes 11:1-2, direct translation
In Ecclesiastes, Solomon summarized that life involves both risk and opportunity. Because life has no guarantees, disciples of the Messiah must be prepared to the degree that they can while trusting in YHWH’s provision. To cast your bread upon the waters is a deliberate act, for what you give will ultimately be given back to you many times over. The same is true regarding spiritual matters. This is a truth that is most often forgotten today. Whether the bread is physical food or spiritual food matters not. (Luke 12:34; Psalm 37:9, 11, 29; Numbers 12:3; 1 Chronicles 4:10; “Disciple: The Pattern of Your Life“; “Bible Truth: What is a Christian?“)
“Blessed are the humble (those that submit to YHWH), because they will be heir to the earth.” – Matthew 5:5
We find life by giving it to our Messiah. (Matthew 6:19-21) Disciples of the Messiah must humbly take spiritual opportunities instead of playing it safe and mingling personal trust with the world. Uncertainty is life, so Christians must place personal trust in YHWH, who will not fail them. Action is required, a spirit of trust as well as adventure born from enthusiasm grounded in accurate scriptural knowledge. (“Christians & Leadership Crisis“)
Reading and studying scriptural truth from the Bible is essential to spiritual maturity, building up the new man [person] though Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah and the Holy Spirit. Find YHWH’s truth. Where that truth doesn’t exist, spread the truth that you know as a disciple of Messiah. (Ecclesiastes 11:3-8) You don’t have all the answers, but today, disciples of the Messiah have the Holy Spirit and scripture as their teachers. (3) How many professed Christians know about the Holy Spirit or care enough to study and learn about the Bible? You can’t always wait for a ‘perfect time’ to do anything. You must make the time for what is most important, leaving lesser things to another time or putting them aside as required. A wise person takes a long range view towards the promises of YHWH and eternal life. Learn to look at the world from the perspective of YHWH. What is truly vital is that you are on the track of righteousness, seeking and growing to spiritual maturity now rather than later. Your very life depends on it. (“Cultivating YHWH’s Grace as You Seek Truth“; “The Grace of YHWH’s Vineyard“; “A Matter of Grace“)