Larry Roques

Larry Roques

The Pastor's Journal of House of Joy Church

RELATIONSHIP ACCORDING TO HEAVEN

Relationship According to Heaven

                   January 19, 2014

 

 

 

Matthew 22:35-40 NKJV

 

Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him  a  question, testing Him, and saying, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

 

Our traditional religious values have done a banner job of driving people from the Gospel rather than to it.

 

The original law was handed to Moses by God to provide navigation for fallen man through a perilous life, never fully reaching God.

 

Jesus came that the law might be fulfilled and in so doing re-establish a new pathway to God based upon relationship rather than sacrifice.

 

 

 

 

Reciprocity is God's universal order.

 

Luke 6:37-38 NKJV

 

“Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.  Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

 

 

Reciprocity is most often taught based on dollars and cents when its true purpose is to compound the interest of the investment we make in each other.

 

This passage of scripture does not begin by talking about money, but begins by instructing us to flee from judgment. Luke 6:37 begins this statement coming from an entirely different vein of discussion.

 

 

Jesus in verse 38 speaks of the rewards of giving, but not before He explains about refraining from the destructive fruit of judgmental behavior.

 

The principal of reaping and sowing has two sides...both bear long lasting fruit.

 

 

 

 

The Golden Rule is the measuring stick of heaven.

 

Luke 6:31-36 NKJV

 

And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. “But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.  And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.  And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back.  But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.  Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.

 

The concept of “doing unto others” has long been taught to us as simply a good behavior concept, but it’s true purpose upon the earth is the propagation of life on earth.

 

There are so many today that preach the gospels of hopelessness and fear, saying there is no God and we have seen the fruit of their labors. Once we have elevated ourselves to supreme being, we become dramatically weighted in our responsibility for how history evolves.

 

Every madman with a scheme for world domination has begun his trail by deducting God from his sick equation. Once we remove the God who gave us our values system...that society begins to spiral out of control into a futureless abyss.

 

Christian values for relationship involve this priceless concept given to us by Jesus in Luke 6...it is not simply courteous living; it is a goof proof recipe for reaching the world with Christ.

 

 

 

Givers, Takers, Believers.

 

Romans 12:8-18 NKJV

 

he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.

 

There are people in the world who are “givers”...these are called “benevolent”.

There are people in the world who are “takers”...these are called “self-entitled”.

There are those in the world who live by a code of giving and receiving given by the maker of the universe...these are called “believers”.

 

Benevolent give because they see a cause or try to fill a need, there is no real spirituality involved save good will.  The takers feed upon the benevolent not because they desire a relationship with the benevolent, but simply because the benevolent fixes a need...scratches an itch.

 

God’s desire for us is that as believers, we traverse this world making disciples and doing this through giving and receiving in a spirit of humility, not abusing each other, but serving each other continually seeing the red thread of Jesus’ life running throughout the fabric of our lives.

The world is looking for something different. They see the benevolent everywhere...they also see the selfish takers, the self-entitled working the system. What they long to see is the relationship of giving and taking that is found in a true relationship, rooted in a culture of honor, anointed by God.

This is true religion.

 

 

 

 

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