Have you ever wondered why some people will never listen to what you have to tell them, no matter how important it may be? No matter what you do, or what you say, nothing will get through to them. You don’t have the right credibility, (education). You don’t have enough money, (influence). You’re the wrong religion, (Christian). You’re not part of the family, (blood relationship). You’re not part of the club, (fraternity). You’re not part of the cliche, (close friend). If you “play by the rules”, waiting for them to come to you, it will never happen. You have to be able to offer something they want before anyone will come to you. It is as though the world is full of Cookie Monsters looking for only one thing. Cookie Monster always wants cookies. What cookie do you have to offer?
In a world that worships power and influence more than God, money is the “sword in the stone.” He who has the most money can pull the sword of power and influence from the stone. But if you are offering eternal life, you’re nothing special, everyone offers eternal life, love, and peace. If you are offering spiritual power, you’re nothing special, spiritual power is also everywhere. Magicians prove spiritual power. Mediums prove spiritual power. Remote tribesmen and Indian medicine men prove spiritual power. The Christian church talks about spiritual power, but do not regularly demonstrate that power. So a poor Christian, who talks about eternal life, and get results when they pray, means nothing. Nothing is being offered that the world believes it needs or wants. The world wants a cookie that it cannot have, but it doesn’t know what that cookie may be. What is the cookie you are offering?
People are ready to get back to normal and return to work. Prayers for everyone’s safety is certainly a good thing to offer. But anyone can offer a prayer. You don’t have to be a Christian to pray. Followers of Lucifer even pray for safety. What makes your prayers different? Do you know that your prayers are always answered? Do you know when you shouldn’t pray for something, just because you know that it will never be answered? Are you the only person that knows how powerful and effective your prayers to God may be? Are you willing to pray for anyone? In the end, only your family and closest friends will be the people you can impact with your prayers. They are the people you should love and be the closest to. The world may not want anything you have to offer, but your family and friends are always open for your love. It’s not the whole world you have to save, only the world closest to you. Cookie monster always wants a cookie because he loves cookies. What cookie do you have to offer your family and friends?
Jesus said, in John 10: 27 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:”
Have we gotten too used to building everyone else’s church, but Jesus’ church? When we walk by the Holy Spirit, we are doing Jesus’ work. When we say the things that the Holy Spirit inspires us to say, Jesus is speaking within us. Our obedience to the Holy Spirit is the same as obedience to Jesus Himself. Even though it appears that we are doing the work to build the Kingdom of God, the reality is in the spiritual realm. Jesus is building His church and He told us long ago that He would do just that.
Matthew 16: 18 “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Bold added)
Jesus builds His church by and through our obedience to the Holy Spirit. What makes sense to God, may not be logical by our reason or intelligence. We don’t know what God’s church appears like. One thing is certain, it will not look like the average church we attend. You know what I mean, the kind where the business leaders of the town are also the elders of the church. The kind of church where the same few people always teach and lead, but the size of the congregation never changes. The kind of church where the only growth comes from the growing families, not from new people entering through the doors and staying. The kind of church where the relationships are merely superficial and last only as long as the church is the center and focus of the relationship.
This is the church that is common to religion. The kind of religion that Karl Marx means when he stated that “religion is the opiate of the people.” This form of religion has many names, but the common thread is its superficial nature. It has no enduring or lasting difference other than its name. It can be Buddhist or Inca. It can be Christian or Jew. It can be Muslim or Hindu. It is completely non-committal. It is composed of followers who obey without reason, understanding, or thought. Its leadership know and enforce the correct doctrines and practices that distinguish it from all of the other religions of the world and Jesus is either despised or an afterthought. The religions of the world know of Jesus, believe in God, and acknowledge the spirit realm. But these are not terms that describe a full relationship of belief and obedience to God, but to the systems of belief that distinguish the religions.
Jesus didn’t come to the world to start a new religion. He didn’t demonstrate a superficial system of empty obedience to men. He demonstrated a full fellowship relationship of obedience to God by the Holy Spirit. He demonstrated that God works in harmony with His own Word. Beginning with His written Word and following through to His revelation Word. Neither can be separated from the other. But Christian religion has separated the obedience to the Holy Spirit from the obedience to the Written Word and replaced them with obedience to the Written Word filtered through the obedience to church doctrines and traditions. Worldly religion foregoes the Written Word altogether and replaces it with the writings given to men from their own understanding or from angels and other spirits.
When we return to obeying God’s Word and God’s Spirit, we appear to the world just like Jesus Christ because we are literally doing the very same things that He did. When we are bold enough to walk according to the written Word, we bypass the doctrines and traditions of every religious church. We are staking our lives upon the Word of God. This transfers our beliefs from the filtered words of men to the direct Words of God. In addition to the written Word, when we make Jesus Christ our Lord, we also learn to walk by the Holy Spirit. This changes our spiritual source of revelation from the words and inspiration of any spirit to God alone. We no longer believe in God, but believe God Himself. Without the new birth, there is no Holy Spirit to experience, God’s voice is lost among the many other spiritual voices present in the world.
These are the things that make our walk with God different from the walk of the world and answers the question: What cookie do we have to offer the world? Everyone is born incomplete. We are all born body and soul, men and women. We all start out naturally without an indwelling spirit and that is the completeness that everyone in the world is searching to fill. No one is complete until they are body, soul, and spirit. The question is, what kind of spirit will make you, personally, complete?
The man of science is completed by knowledge. He is completed by proofs and theorems. The man of business is completed by wealth. The politician is completed by his power. The religious are completed by following someone or something in obedience. The spiritual are completed by obedience to a spiritual source, but the source they adopt will make all the difference in the world. Worldly spiritual sources all hate or deny Jesus Christ. In turn, they will also hate or deny Christians of every form.
Whether the Christian is superficial or committed, meaning religious or spiritual, both will be hated by the world. The only difference is, a superficial Christian can adopt the habits and traditions of the world to become a friend of the world. They can deny God, denying both His written Word, and His revelation Word by the Holy Spirit. These Christians will still have the Holy Spirit and be born again, but they will place their allegiance to the world instead of with God. They are the goats in the family of God. The lambs of God are the Radical Christians who are only satisfied by sitting at Jesus’ feet. They know Jesus’ voice and will follow only Jesus. Only lambs of God can hear the “cookie” we have to offer.
The Radical Christian is not a Christian who believes in God, but one who believes God. The only way to believe God is by believing the revelation from God’s Holy Spirit. How do you know your spiritual revelation came from the Holy Spirit and not from a deceiving spirit? By also knowing what the written Word of God says. This is the only true test of Truth. So a Radical Christian believes God by their obedience to God’s revelation from the Holy Spirit. They know God by their knowledge of God’s written Word, and by their obedience to His revelation Word. The two cannot be separated or compartmentalized. They go hand in hand. So the Radical Christian alone can offer the world, a full and complete relationship with God Almighty. This is the cookie we have to offer.
So now, the old saying goes: “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” If the horse isn’t thirsty, it simply won’t drink. The same is true with the world around us. The only people who will take note and listen, will be the ones who are also searching for the completeness and fellowship with truth that only Jesus Christ can fill. These people are the sheep who will recognize His voice through the Radical Christian. If the Radical Christian can find and help only one person in the course of their life to realize that fullness and relationship with the Father, they have done their part in building Jesus’ church with Him.
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