There are many things we take for granted in life, even our deliverance, our being saved.
Many will fail the rapture because they don’t know why He delivered them.
True, I may not know the totality of why He does things for me, yet I ought to know why He saved me.
I may not understand why He loves me even in my wickedness of heart, yet I ought to know why He saved me.
It is not enough for me to want to be married because everyone marries, I ought to know why I should be married, else I will abuse my wife.
Why do I attend that school or that Church? Is it because of my friends? Why? If I don’t know why I am a preacher, I will abuse and misuse the Word of God.
Why are you saved? If you do not know you can abuse God without knowing it!
Why did Christ die for you? Why did He call you out from Egypt and darkness? Many do not know!
This ignorance has led to a misinterpretation and misrepresentation of God’s will and intent. The faith of many has been shipwrecked because of this ignorance.
Did He die so I shouldn’t be sick? Did He save me so I could be rich? Did He save me and put His Spirit in me so I could show off and intimidate everyone? Why did He save me? Why did He save you?
“And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.” – Ex 3:12 (KJV)
“And thou shalt say unto him, The LORD God of the Hebrews hath sent me unto thee, saying, Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness: and, behold, hitherto thou wouldest not hear.” – Ex 7:16 (KJV)
He saved us to serve Him, to bring Him joy by doing His will! True service is worship!
Service is the reason God saved you; that you serve Him upon “this mountain”, the Church.
How well you do service to Him determines if you will rapture.
WHAT IS SERVICE?
Service is work! It is labour, vocation! Are you working for God or for self? Service, work is most often directed at others, only seldom to self. Spiritual service should be to God.
“Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake.” – Psalms 115:1 (KJV)
The Israelites were called to be a serving nation. A nation of people who serve, not themselves but God; a nation of priests.
That is what the Church is: a nation of priests. That is why you and I are called. Priests are called to serve. We are a royal priesthood.
“ But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.” – 1 Peter 2:9 (KJV)
“ Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself. 5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: 6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.” – Ex 19:4-6 (KJV)
God has always wanted a nation of priests; that is what the Church is.
The work in Church is given to you and me.
“But thou shalt appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of testimony, and over all the vessels thereof, and over all things that belong to it: they shall bear the tabernacle, and all the vessels thereof; and they shall minister unto it, and shall encamp round about the tabernacle. 51 And when the tabernacle setteth forward, the Levites shall take it down: and when the tabernacle is to be pitched, the Levites shall set it up: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death.” – Num 1:50-51 (KJV)
The reason God saved us is for us to serve Him and His purpose.
Today, Christians serve themselves; we have become lovers of self, more than lovers of God! Yet, we want to rapture! But can two walk together without an agreement? (Amos 3:3)
Drummers do so for pay! Keyboardists play for pay! Workers work to be paid and recognized. Once you receive reward here for service done to God, forget rapture!
“Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. 26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: 27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. 28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. 29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. 30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” – Matt 25:24-30 (KJV)
Why do you come to Church?
For your business? To make contacts and socialize? To receive divine declaration for your business? Your heart is not right with God; you may prosper and have all earthly riches, for the rapture, forget it!
You have to serve Him for Him! Not for what you’ll get from Him. Serve Him, worship Him, to be like Him.
“Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. 5 They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: 6 They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not: 7 They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat. 8 They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.” – Psalms 115:4-8 (KJV)
You become like, look like what you worship!
If you don’t look like your Father you can’t rapture! Only those that look like Him will rapture!
“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” – 1 John 3:2 (KJV)
“It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord.” – Matt 10:25a (KJV)
“For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.” – Phil 3:20-21 (KJV)
You have to be like your Father and this comes by service! Serve with all of your heart!