Life here on earth is a temporary life, one big corridor that leads in the end to eternal life. All human beings have their personal right to choose where they will spend eternity, whether in Garden of Eden or in Hell.
God has given us the freedom to choose – to walk in light or in darkness, to live in truth or in lies (to ourselves and to others), to conduct in love or in resentment and in lack of forgiveness, in obedience to God’s word or in rebellion, in doing His will or our personal will, to walk in humility or pride, to live in peace with people or in disputes between brothers (Proverbs 6:16-19).
God has given people the right of personal choice to decide between heaven and earth, between life and death, between the blessing and the curse (Deut. 30:19). That right of choice is personal – means that we shall not let others to control us, to decide for us and to dictate their will to us.
The book “The Pilgrim’s Progress” describes the life of the nomad who was a faithful believer. His life was full of tests, trials, temptations, certain decision and different choices, on the way to the heavenly city. Our life, the true believers in the Body of Messiah, includes all of these on the way to the kingdom of Heaven.
As we walk towards the ultimate goal of our lives and our transformation into the image of Yeshua, God wants to use us for the people of this world.
We were born – to tell about the might of God: ” This people that I formed for Myself; they shall declare My praise”. (Isaiah 43:21).
We were born – to spread His light, “You are the light of the world… that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in Heaven” (Matt. 5:14,16).
We were born – to be witnesses of Yeshua, through our way of life in this world. “And you shall be witnesses to Me both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
And of course we were born – to live in His presence, as a new creation, as a pure bride with no spot or blemish, in the new heavens and new earth. “…Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God” (Rev. 21:3).
As believers, already in this life on earth, we can feel His presence, to be filled with His peace and joy, to enjoy His love and care for us. But we must live according to His will, walk in the light, (not hide anything from Him), in the absolute truth of His word (not add or subtract from His word), in the fear of the Lord (give Him all the glory and not take glory to ourselves), in love without flattery and in true faith. For that purpose, He sent Yeshua to show us the way, the truth and the life. We still have the opportunity to arrange our relationship with others, to confess our sins, to forgive, to love, to have fellowship, to be changed to His image, to grow in faith and to advance toward the final target of our life. We must take seriously this time and do something, not “do and hear” but hear and do!!! Hear His word and do His will. “But that sown on the good ground is this: he who hears the Word and understands; who also bears fruit…” (Matt. 13:23).
The life story of king David (the good and the evil in it) is exposed before us, the readers, along all the generations. Despite his sin, God calls him “a man after My own heart”, why? Because of his fast confession of his sins and his repentance. (And of course, because of his love to his enemies who hurt him). David is also used as a ruler in God’s hands along the Bible as an example to a king who walked in God’s ways and brought Him honor. “And he did (Hezekiah) the right in the sight of Jehovah, according to all that David his father did” (2 Kings 18:3). And more: “And he did the right in the sight of Jehovah, and walked in all the way of David his father, and did not turn aside to the right or to the left” (2 Kings 22:2). And more than that – Yeshua says about Himself in the book Revelation 22:16: “…I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the bright and Morning Star.” And we know that Josef and Mary, His parents in flash, were from David’s house, from the tribe of Judah.
David loved God and when the prophet Nathan rebuked him for his sin, he immediately received the rebuke and reacted in a commendable manner! He cried out in pain: “Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done evil in Your sight; that You might be justified when You speak, and be clear when You judge (Psalms 51:4). He acted out of fear of God and God forgave him. That we must learn from him. We also need the fear of God in order to hate sin, to confess quickly (when we fail) and to come back to God (repentance).
In Psalm 139 he also opens his heart to God and asks Him to search his heart, to examine it and to be released from evil in his life and to guide him in the right way.” Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts, and see if any wicked way is in me; and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalms 139:23-24). He knew that God saw the secrets of his heart, and yet he asked it publicly before the whole world.
The transparency of David’s life is admirable! We too need to live transparently before God. He anyway knows everything about us!!! When we hide things from people we are actually deceiving ourselves and God.” For there is nothing covered that shall not be revealed, nor anything hidden that shall not be known. Therefore whatever you have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light. And that which you have spoken in the ear in secret rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops” (Luke 12:2-3).
When Yeshua says: “I never knew you…”, He means those who did not know Him! He means those who did not know His holy character and pure qualities and therefore they did not behave accordingly. The Lord is God of the impossible!!! We cannot push Him into the box of our mind and treat Him humanely. He is holy God, pure, righteous, honest, true and faithful, mighty, wise, full of peace and love, wonder, eternal and more and more. “O Jehovah our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth…” (Psalms 8:1).
One of the characteristics of a humble man is – His readiness to accept reproach for his sin and confess quickly, like King David (Psalms 51:4). If we are, too, humble and love God with all of our hearts, our soul and mind (like David), we will not want to live even one minute with sin, after the reproach. David is an example for us even today (as he was for kings in the time of the Bible). When we fall in sin, (and that could happen to all of us), we shall accept the reproach, will come to light, will confess our sin, repent and will live in peace with Him. All of us want to be “people after His own heart” as David was, is not that so???
The love of truth, it and only it will help us to be kept from the delusion that comes and will come upon this world in those end times. The Word of God is the straight ruler, is the compass and is the way to the right life with God. The love of truth and walking in the light, in faith and love, are those who guide and lead us step by step to the life in the new earth and the new heaven.
When we accept the Word of God as it is and act accordingly, we walk in the right way. We must not add or subtract or change the context of God’s Word and use it for our own personal needs. Whoever does this, acts in the flesh and misses the primary purpose of God’s Word. God’s Word has come to us “for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” us (2 Tim. 3:16). We are supposed to align ourselves to His Word and not the opposite – not to align His Word to our will. We need clear spiritual discernment, and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit, in order to act according to His Word. God wants us to tremble at His Word. “…But to this one I will look, to the afflicted and contrite spirit, and the one who trembles at My Word” (Isa. 66:2) because……
“For you have not come to the mountain that might be touched and that burned with fire, nor to blackness and darkness and tempest, and the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words which voice they who heard begged that a word should not be spoken to them any more… But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the first-born who are written in Heaven, and to God the judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant…” (Heb. 12:18-24).
The narrow way is not easy, because we are walking against the stream of this world. (Or must walk). But we are not alone, Yeshua walks with us in that narrow way, “For the lightness of our present affliction works out for us a far more excellent eternal weight of glory, we not considering the things which are seen, but the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are not lasting, but the things which are not seen are everlasting” (2 Cor. 4:17-18).
We are not alone on this way. Yeshua helps us by His grace to walk in the way which lead us to the most wonderful place, to the New Earth… This is our wish, this is the hope for which we live every day, until we will see Yeshua, our precious redeemer and savior, face to face. Hallelujah!
“One thing I have desired from Jehovah, that I will seek after: that I may dwell in the house of Jehovah all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of Jehovah, and to pray in His temple” (Psalms 27:4).