I was reading a book the other day. A rather good and interesting book and ran across the following quote;
He said: “The kind of government proposed by the framers of our Constitution was intended to serve the people. This meant providing protection, adequate infrastructure, the right to make a living, and the right to pursue happiness. The kind of government that the framers did not want was one that tried to control the lives of its constituents. They realized that the latter type of government would transform “we the people” from a “can do” society to a “what can you do for me” society.”
Carson M.D., Ben (2012-01-24). America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great (p. 38). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.
It brought to mind the comments that Jesus gave us regarding government:
Mar 10:42 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.
Mar 10:43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:
Mar 10:44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.
Mar 10:45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
Are we as a people of God taking charge of our lives? Are we growing on to perfection as Paul admonished? Or are we setting in the church each Sabbath seeing what the Government of God has for us today?
Are we a “can do people” or a “what can you do for me” people?
Mr. Armstrong brought back to us in the spirit of Elijah the foundational doctrines that we as a people needed to move forward to perfection. So have we moved forward? Are we going on to perfection or are we still being spoon fed the milk of God’s word when we should be putting that foundation to the test.
Heb 5:12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
Heb 5:13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
Heb 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
Have you ever thought that maybe that is what is wrong with Laodicea in God’s eyes? That we are not moving forward to perfection?
Heb 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
Heb 6:2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
So How do we move beyond these basic doctrines this milk of God’s word? Well another few scriptures in this same passage.
He goes on in Hebrews 6:4-8 to show what could have if we neglect to grow as we were instructed(If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance)
Luk_8:14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.
In order to move on to perfection there must be fruit in our lives. We must be doing something ourselves that will develop that fruit. We cannot sit back a continue to just listen to the ministry without doing something ourselves.
The ministry are our guides and guardians so to speak they gave us that foundation and protected us until such time as we are able to move on to begin to develop fruit in our lives. We should follow and hold in high regard those that we can;
Heb 6:12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
And yet we ourselves are to move toward perfection to grow and develop fruits that show that forward movement. That means we can’t be in a lukewarm Laodicean attitude about our lives. We have to take charge and begin to develop those fruits. The ministry cannot do that for you. They cannot build on that foundation, your building, that building is yours to build.
1Co 3:13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
Here are the fruits that we are to be developing:
Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Here is the evidence that we have God’s Holy Spirit and are therefore part of the body of Christ.
Every time we do good works, whenever we follow God’s Law unto righteousness and as we speak the truth and do not lie, we are showing the fruit of having God’s Spirit within us;
Eph 5:9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
Begin now to pattern our lives after Christ. Take charge no longer sitting in the classroom but stepping out to strive toward the fullness that is Christ.
Eph 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: