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1, 8, 3, 1… which are you? What is this about? Read on and see –>>
In the scriptures, in Matthew 26:36-46, we read about 13 people that I want to address. Jesus and 11 of his disciples when to a place called Gethsemane. At this time Judas was off betraying his Lord for some money. Jesus brought Peter and the two sons of Zebedee closer and gave them an assignment to watch with him. Jesus went on a little further and prayed to the Father.
Here is our break down: 1 person is off betraying. 8 people are given no assignment. 3 are given an assignment and struggle with it. 1 goes on to the presence of God and perseveres.
In our churches, Bible study groups, cell groups or gatherings we find within Christianity this same break down. Which are you?
The bad 1. Are you the one off running your mouth? Judging, condemning, running others down with your words? Is there sin in your life that turns others away from the Lord? Are you giving non-Christians ammo to destroy confidence in Christ? I saw a bumper sticker once that said, “Lord protect me….. from thy followers!”
The 8. Are you just a pew-filler? Are you one of those Christians that attends church or Bible study? You support financially, and there is no actual fault in your doings. You just don’t actually do anything much for the Lord. You’re just… there. This is the largest group.
The 3. Are you a worker? Do you tell people about the Lord and his free gift of salvation? Do you actively do what the Lord wants in your life? Yes, you might struggle and mess up, but do you try to serve God? Do you take what you learn in your daily scripture reading and try to apply it? Do you actually do what you hear in church or read in the Bible? Or do you fall asleep and fail the Lord? Do you serve God or expect to be served by him?
The good 1. Are you the one who goes on into a deeper relationship with God? Not the work of the Lord only, but the Lord of the work. Are you hungry for the presence of God in your life? Do you continue in prayer, not to bring your shopping list of what you want from him, but to surrender yourself to him? Do you want that closeness with God more than anything? Do you pray earnestly from the heart, honestly… until you are heard by him? Is loving him more important than anything else? Are you willing (as Jesus was) to separate from the others enough to get alone with God and really focus on him and his will for you?
Are you a 1, 8, 3, or 1?
Here are the verses:
Matthew 26:36-46 “Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy. And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.”