God gives us a certain amount of time to use for His Glory. Acts 13:22


April 2, 2021

Every one of us have had the experience when our conscience has  become insensitive and apathetic towards the things of God if we do not watch out for certain sins of omission and have become familiar with God’s calling upon our life.

 

Even believers who have a lot doctrine can become too familiar with God’s calling upon their life.

 

Indifference, apathy, carelessness disinterest, passiveness, negligence, these are all enemies of the spiritual life and a contradiction to the calling of upon your life, JOH 15:16.

 

 

For in JOH 15:16 we read, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask of the Father in My name, He may give to you.

 

For example, let’s take David as an illustration. It was a time when kings would normally go out to battle.

 

But in Ecc 3, we now have the principle of David now organizing his time.

 

David gets a little philosophical on us in Ecc 3 because he is bored as a King and not doing his job.

 

 

After all bored people get in trouble when they let their time begin to rule and control them and dictate to them in serious matters…..like war.

 

In his philosophy he came to another conclusion and he said, “You know everything in life is timing and my trouble is I’m out of sync with everything, my timing is bad!

 

“I should spend some more time working.”

 

“I should spend some time playing”,

 

“I should balance out my life and not be so excessive in everything I do!”

 

“I’m an extremist, I need balance in my life!”

 

Do you know that a lot of people think that the only way to be happy is when they organize their time?

 

And there’s no question about the fact that organize people seem to be much better off than disorganized people.

Disorganized people may not be a distress to themselves but they are a distress to everyone else.

 

However, even our bad decisions are based upon the timing of God, including war.

 

This is what David found out in 2Sa 11 with his relationship with Bathsheba,

 

First of all, let’s note that God has assigned to you a number of days to live on this earth according to Psa 90:12; 31:15.

 

We are not given years to live or months to live but according to the Bible, days to live!

 

Psa 90:12 says  “Teach us to number our days, That we may present to Thee a heart of wisdom.”

 

In PSA 31:15, David said, “My times are in Thy hand.”

 

Now, God has given us an assignment which is a certain amount of time to do certain things in our life.

 

And in Ecc 3:1-8, while you will probably experience most of these you will enjoy none of these without doctrine which gives you capacity to enjoy these things.

 

Now, Ecc 3:1-8 teaches the general principle about timing.

 

Let’s listen to the philosopher!

 

Ecc 3:1  There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven‑‑

 

ECC 3:2  #A time to give birth, and a time to die; A time to plant, and a time to uproot what is planted.

 

ECC 3:3  A time to kill, and a time to heal; A time to tear down, and a time to build up.

 

ECC 3:4  A time to weep, and a time to laugh; A time to mourn, and a time to dance.

 

ECC 3:5  A time to throw stones, and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, and a time to shun embracing.

 

ECC 3:6  A time to search, and a time to give up as lost; A time to keep, and a time to throw away.

 

ECC 3:7  A time to tear apart, and a time to sew together; A time to be silent, and a time to speak.

 

ECC 3:8  A time to love, and a time to hate; A time for war, and a time for peace.

 

Do you realize that one of the most fascinating subjects in life is this word “time”!

It’s amazing, we all have the same amount whether we are absolutely without a dime or whether we happen to be the richest person on earth.

 

Whether or not we are a child in school or the president of the United States…..think of how much of it is woven into our lives on a daily basis!

 

For throughout the day we hear things like;

 

What time is it?

 

What time does the meeting start?

 

What time do you want me there?

 

I don’t have time?

 

How much time will it take?

 

Don’t waste your time on that!

 

It’s time for us to go!

 

The time is up!

 

God gives you a certain amount of time that you might use it for His glory!

 

Remember why you were created and why you are here?

 

ISA 43:7 says “Everyone who is called by My name, I have created for My glory, Those whom I have formed, even whom I have made.”

 

REV 4:11 says “Worthy art Thou, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for Thou didst create all things, and because of Thy will they existed, and were created.”

 

God gives you a certain amount of time that you might use it for His glory!

 

Nothing is ever carried over so that you might credit it to the next day!

 

This is why the mature believer regards every day alike, Rom 14:5‑6.

 

Everyday we live is a gracious gift from God.

 

In Ecc 3, we now have the principle of organizing your time!

 

Solomon gets a little philosophical on us in Ecc 3.

 

And what Solomon says in this chapter is basically right, however, without a relationship with God and seeing things from the divine viewpoint of life, all of these things are meaningless.

 

What Solomon is involved in this however is what we call fatalism!

 

Fatalism comes from the Latin fatum meaning “that which the gods ordain to happen.”

 

It is the belief that all things are determined by fate and our therefore unalterable.

 

And that’s why David says what he does in this passage!

 

Let’s listen to the philosopher Solomon though David knew it.

 

ECC 3:1  There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven‑‑

 

ECC 3:2  #A time to give birth, and a time to die; A time to plant, and a time to uproot what is planted.

 

ECC 3:3  A time to kill, and a time to heal; A time to tear down, and a time to build up.

 

ECC 3:4  A time to weep, and a time to laugh; A time to mourn, and a time to dance.

 

ECC 3:5  A time to throw stones, and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, and a time to shun embracing.

 

ECC 3:6  A time to search, and a time to give up as lost; A time to keep, and a time to throw away.

 

ECC 3:7  A time to tear apart, and a time to sew together; A time to be silent, and a time to speak.

 

ECC 3:8  A time to love, and a time to hate; A time for war, and a time for peace.

 

ECC 3:9  What profit is there to the worker from that in which he toils?

 

Now, although we believe in divine timing and that there is a time ordained by God for us to function in these areas, when David writes this, he is not viewing it from divine viewpoint.

 

We believe that God gives you a certain amount of time that you might use it for His glory!

 

Remember why you were created and why you are here?

 

God has created you for His glory and until you believe that and then live for that purpose, you will never find true happiness and contentment in life.

 

So God does give you a certain amount of time that you might use it for His glory!

 

This is why the mature believer regards every day as the Lord’s day, Rom 14:5‑6.

 

Rom 14:5  One man regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Let each man be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord.

 

Everyday we live is a gracious gift from God and it should be a day that we have time set aside for our relationship with Him.

 

Remember that the only time we possess to honor God in this life is the number of days He provides for us in the Christian life, Psa 90:12; Jam 4:13‑15.

 

James reminds us how frail our life really is in JAM 4:14  “Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.”

 

 

 

And the fact that the believer lives another day is a sign of divine grace and the faithfulness of God, Lam 3:22‑23, “The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Thy faithfulness.”

This is why it is important to learn Bible doctrine every day as Mat 4:4 teaches.

 

Remember what Job said in JOB 23:12 “I have not departed from the command of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.”

 

“treasured” is the verb tsaphan which means to esteem; to admire, appreciate, respect, and even worship.

 

And remember that it is Biblical to praise God’s word as David did in Psa 56.

 

Psa 56:4  In God, whose word I praise, in God I have put my trust;

 

Psa 56:10  In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, Whose Word I praise,

 

So every day is a day when we should be learning doctrine and preparing ourselves to glorify God!

 

And if we do not purchase time by taken in doctrine consistently, we lose days!

 

This is why we are told that days of life are lost through divine discipline, Psa 102:23  “In the course of my life, He broke my strength, He cut short my days.”

 

This is also the reason why we are told to purchase time each day or to buy back the time in Eph 5.

 

Eph 5:16‑17  “Constantly buying time, because the days are evil. [you purchase time with doctrine, doctrine is the capital needed to but time] Because of this, stop being ignorant, but completely understand the will [purpose] of the Lord.”

 

So in ECC 3:1, From the viewpoint of fatalism Solomon says There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven‑‑

 

Now, one of the things that make time so important is the fact that it is so rare!

 

It is irretrievable!

 

You can never do it again!

 

You can never get back the time that you lost or wasted…..it’s gone forever!

 

The Philosopher William James said, “The great use for one’s life is to spend it for something that will outlast it!”

 

Now, God’s timing is perfect and if you are in fellowship with Him, you will have peace of mind with everything you do.

 

In fact, psychology encourages this type of thinking.

 

Because every time you use your environment as an excuse for your bad habits or your bad decisions, you are so far out of line that you are disoriented to life.

 

All your bad habits and bad timing can only be corrected by believing in Christ and then taken in His word on a consistent basis.

 

So this verse says, ECC 3:2 there’s A time to give birth, and a time to die;

 

And just like we had no control over our birth, we also have no control over our death!

 

The point is that when we are born and when we die is a matter of the sovereignty of God or God’s judgment.

 

We are all on God’s timetable regarding when we are born and when we die.

 

And we will die in the manner and at the time that God selects then God cannot be wrong.

 

People are often bitter, upset, and disturbed because of the way someone they love dies, putting themselves out of God’s timing for the rest of their lives, as if somehow everything in life is unfair to them.

 

There is a lot of unfairness in the world, but the minute you react, you’re out of God’s timing.

 

And remember that excuses are never solutions to problems.

 

Look at all the people who complain about their birth, their parents, their home, their environment, and their circumstances right now.

 

They’re making a terrible mistake!

 

People are always pushing to get into some situation,

 

In or out of a relationship,

 

Or trying to succeed, to do this and that.

 

People have become very pushy!

 

And becoming very pushy and trying desperately to make things happen is a sign of being on your own timing.

 

And your wrong timing as a believer will destroy you and make you miserable in life.

 

Now, timing is simply defined as the selection of the best time for doing something in order to achieve the desired effect with maximum results (repeat).

 

For the Church-age believer, timing is a matter of adjusting to and synchronizing with the PPOG.

 

Every time we make a decision that is contrary to some principle found in the word of God, contrary to the mechanics of the PPOG, then we are out of sync with God’s plan.

 

So every detail of life is involved in timing, such as being in the right place at the right time.

 

In God’s plan for your life, bad timing is a matter of being out of fellowship, falling apart when under pressure, being out of the will of God, having the wrong priorities, making the wrong decisions, and all of this because of ignorance or rejection of the plan of God.

 

And above all, bad timing is lost opportunity under the equal privilege and equal opportunity of God’s plan.

 

So David with Bathsheba writes in Ecc 3:2, there’s  A time to give birth, and a time to die; [next he says there’s] a time to plant, and a time to uproot what is planted.

 

Now, in Ecc 3:3 there’s A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to tear down, and a time to build up.

 

The Hebrew verb for kill is harag which means to kill the enemy in battle or to execute the criminal which David has ignored.

 

This is a high honor in life and it is the basis for our freedom.

 

All of us are free today because men killed for our freedom.

 

Violence can be right timing or it can be wrong timing.

 

For example, if you are in the military or law enforcement, there are times when you must practice violence.

 

In the laws of divine establishment, capital punishment is the way that crime is controlled.

 

In fact, as a result of following this principle, the Jews didn’t even need jails.

 

So a “time to kill” refers not only to capital punishment for criminals, but also to the fact that when you serve your country in the military, you should kill the enemy, for that is your job.

 

And you are not a murderer, it is honorable to kill in war, not dishonorable!

 

And the Bible does not say “You shall not kill”, it says “You shall not murder.”

 

So, there is a time to kill and a time to heal!

 

If you kill when it’s time to heal then you’re a murderer.

 

So Solomon says in Ecc 3:3 there’s A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to tear down, and a time to build up.

 

The verb to heal is rapha which means to heal; to bind up wounds, to heal medically, physically, to restore life; to save life; to mend or repair; reconcile.

 

There’s a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to tear down, and a time to build up.

 

A time to tear down is the Hebrew paratz which means to demolish, or to break away.

 

There’s a time when we must have things in our life completely removed.

 

There’s a time when we need to break away form others.

 

And then there’s a time to build up.

 

The Hebrew banah is used for construction of something wonderful, something great, it can also mean to repair something.

 

Now, in 2Sa 11, David should have been celebrating the time for war but he was not, he was celebrating the time for peace when he should have been thanking the Lord on the battlefield for victory and not the issue which is war.

 

In Ecc 3:3   A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to tear down, and a time to build up.

 

And although Ecc 3 teaches that everything in life is a matter of timing, this is not what David had in mind.

 

What David says in this chapter is basically right, however, without a relationship with God and seeing things from the divine viewpoint of life, all of these things are meaningless.

 

Now, we are ready for David meeting Uriah a faithful soldier that David loved,

 

Why would David want to stay in a tent in the open field, outside of Rabbah, if he can stay in his own bed, in his own palace, inside Jerusalem?

 

David is starting to become like Saul, in that he is willing to let others go out and fight his battles for him.

 

He said like the apostle Paul said to Timothy in 1TI 6:12  Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

 

A lot of believers are willing to let others go out and fight the battles rather than become part of the team that God has placed them on or someone who use to stand in the gap.

 

They just sit back and let others use their time, talent, treasure, and spiritual gift.

 

And as we will note their conscience is becoming hardened to the things of God.

 

Another problem with David is that David is in the wrong place at the wrong time. He is in Jerusalem when he should be at Rabbah.

 

God has a place for all of you and you need to be in that place or else eventually, your conscience will become hard.

 

David is in the wrong place at the wrong time because of a wrong decision.

 

Not only that but because his conscience is becoming hardened, he now uses his position and power, to take another man’s wife.

 

And when I say that I want to remind you of something we noted once before.

 

When 2Sa 11:4 says  And David sent messengers and took her, and when she came to him, he had sex with her; and when she had purified herself from her uncleanness, she returned to her house.

 

He actually sent his court pimps to clean up the ness he got himself into.

 

And the verb to take is a Qal imperfect which means that he sent for her more than once.

 

 

 

And we know that she didn’t come from her own volition from the verb translated took which is the Qal imperfect of the verb laqach,…..which means to seize and to force and this verb indicates that at first she did not come from her own free will.

 

This verb and other things which happen in this passage reveal that she came unwillingly.

 

The word for take which describes willingness and gentleness and, no force, is “halak” which means to go willfully.

 

But that is not the word here.

 

 

Now, I suppose, even in this congregation that if someone with the status of King David invited you to his castle, some of ladies would pack up and be there in a New York minute.

 

We would probably think that a ghost left your seat, you’d leave so fast.

 

However, Bathsheba was actually forced to go see king David.

 

David is beginning to have no conscience whatsoever.

 

David also knows Bathsheba is married to Uriah the Hittite.

 

This is no nameless husband, someone David has never heard of before.

 

David knew Uriah.

 

In 2Sa 23:39, Uriah the Hittite is named as one of David’s mighty men.

 

He was known for his bravery and courage as a soldier and his faithfulness and loyalty to David.

 

However, do you see how gross a person becomes when the conscience becomes defiled?

 

In fact, it’s interesting that David chose to ignore Uriah’s military record and focused his attention upon his racial origins.

 

David refers to Uriah as “Uriah the Hittite” while the author of Samuel refers to him only as “Uriah.”

 

The expression, “Uriah the Hittite” is a term of ridicule.

 

Why should David ridicule Uriah, it should be Uriah that ridicules David.

 

However, that’s how gross a person becomes when their conscience becomes defiled.

 

 

 

 

 

As TIT 1:15 says To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled.

 

However, what I wanted to reveal this evening is that David committed sin by his adultery with Bathsheba and later by the murder of her husband, but these sins were borne out of David’s omissions which came to pass when he stayed home rather than go to war.

 

These sins of omission are often difficult to recognize in others, or ourselves but they are there. And after a while, they incline us to more open sins, as we see in David.

 

And therefore we see the importance of being on the team.

 

For example, 1PE 4:10 commands every single one of you as members of the team that God has placed you on as each one has received a special gift.

 

1PE 4:8  Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.

 

In 1PE 4:10  As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

 

 

 

Notice it is called a special gift and that is a part of our study which refers to an extraordinary power distinguishing certain Christians and enabling them to serve the church of Christ.

 

This is what happens when the power of the Spirit operates in our lives from Bible doctrine and the filling of the Spirit.

 

The team depends upon you to employ your gift by serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

 

We also note a passage in EPH 4:8, which says, And He gave gifts to men.”

 

EPH 4:8  Therefore it says, “When He ascended on high, He led captive a host of captives, And He gave gifts to men.

 

Gifts is the noun domata which means more than that, it means a present.

 

A present that the majority of believers do not care to unwrap as it were.

 

This is why we are commanded in 1TI 4:14  Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you.

 

Or in 1CO 12:7  But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.

 

So in 1CO 12:8-10, different gifts are mentioned.

 

But in 1CO 12:11  Paul says but one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.

 

In fact, look at 1CO 12:12   For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. Meaning we all play different positions on the team.

 

By the way our team has been playing a fantastic game and it’s too bad that some of our team members were not here to share in the victory.

 

1CO 12:13   For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

 

In 1Co 12:14, we have the team roster as it were.

 

1Co 12:14  For the body or the team is not one member, but many.

 

1CO 12:15  If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body.

 

 

1Co 12:16  And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body.

 

You can’t cease being a part of the team.

 

Your spiritual gift is just as important to the team as the next persons because all the gifts are beneficial to the team.

 

Now, some believers with certain spiritual gifts which are not visible and out in front and seen by everyone get discouraged.

 

They don’t think they are doing enough for the Lord.

 

So, in verse 17, you get this very interesting thing for the sake of argument, 1CO 12:17  If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be?

 

1CO 12:18  But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body or on the team, just as He desired.

 

And you are on the team?

 

Are you are on the teams roster?

 

Do you know your team’s schedule?

 

Do you know where your team is in the divine standings of God?

 

Have you been supporting and playing for your team?

 

Or, are you sitting on the bench or in the stands not caring to participate at all?

 

We all play different positions on the team.

 

1CO 12:18  But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body or on the team, just as He desired.

 

1CO 12:19  And if they were all one member, where would the body be?

 

1CO 12:20  But now there are many members, but one body.

 

1CO 12:21  And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”

 

All of these spiritual gifts are designed to support each other.

 

We work as a team.

 

That is the way God designed the body of Christ.

 

The eye does one thing, the hand does another.

 

And the eye cannot say to the hand, I have no need of you.

 

Christ is the head of the body, and even He cannot say to anyone of us as a believer “I don’t need you.”

 

You have to remember, Satan knows this, even if you do not know it and that is that Satan attacks the team.

 

1CO 12:22  On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary;

 

This verse is a warning to all team members to avoid judging other team members with different spiritual gifts, often-invisible spiritual gifts.

 

Not all spiritual gifts are obvious so before you begin to judge someone because you do not think that they are operating in their spiritual gift, remember team members have different spiritual gifts, and often-invisible gifts.

 

And Satan or God will reveal this.

 

For example, look at 2Sa 11 and let’s pick it up in 2SA 11:10  Now when they told David, saying, “Uriah did not go down to his house,” David said to Uriah, “Have you not come from a journey? Why did you not go down to your house?”

 

 

2SA 11:11   And Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah are staying in temporary shelters, and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are camping in the open field. Shall I then go to my house to eat and to drink and to lie with my wife? By your life and the life of your soul, I will not do this thing.”

 

2SA 11:12  Then David said to Uriah, “Stay here today also, and tomorrow I will let you go.” So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the next.

 

2SA 11:13   Now David called him, and he ate and drank before him, and he made him drunk; and in the evening he went out to lie on his bed with his lord’s servants, but he did not go down to his house.

 

2SA 11:14   Now it came about in the morning that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah.

 

2SA 11:15   And he had written in the letter, saying, “Place Uriah in the front line of the fiercest battle and withdraw from him, so that he may be struck down and die.”

 

2SA 11:16   So it was as Joab kept watch on the city, that he put Uriah at the place where he knew there were valiant men.

 

2SA 11:17  And the men of the city went out and fought against Joab, and some of the people among David’s servants fell; and Uriah the Hittite also died.

 

2SA 11:18  Then Joab sent and reported to David all the events of the war.

 

2SA 11:19   And he charged the messenger, saying, “When you have finished telling all the events of the war to the king,

 

2SA 11:20  and if it happens that the king’s wrath rises and he says to you, ‘Why did you go so near to the city to fight? Did you not know that they would shoot from the wall?

 

 

 

 

2SA 11:21  ‘Who struck down Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? Did not a woman throw an upper millstone on him from the wall so that he died at Thebez? Why did you go so near the wall?’‑‑ then you shall say, ‘Your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.’ “

 

2SA 11:22   So the messenger departed and came and reported to David all that Joab had sent him to tell.

 

2SA 11:23   And the messenger said to David, “The men prevailed against us and came out against us in the field, but we pressed them as far as the entrance of the gate.

 

 

2SA 11:24  “Moreover, the archers shot at your servants from the wall; so some of the king’s servants are dead, and your servant Uriah the Hittite is also dead.”

 

 

2SA 11:25  Then David said to the messenger, “Thus you shall say to Joab,   ‘Do not let this thing displease you, for the sword devours one as well as another; make your battle against the city stronger and overthrow it’; and so encourage him.”

 

2SA 11:26   Now when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband.

 

 

2SA 11:27  When the time of mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house and she became his wife; then she bore him a son. But the thing that David had done was evil in the sight of the Lord.

 

Now, all of those verses speak for themselves.

 

And we need to note the word seem in verse 22, this is a present active participle from the verb dokeo, a very unusual word because it refers to a subjective and critical system of thinking about someone else, hence a subjective or judging opinion, without facts, only prejudice.

 

That’s what it means.

 

You see here is one of the problems.

 

There is a conflict between the members of the team, and when that happens, than of course the team begins to hurt and fall apart.

 

So, we have those members of the body who seem to be more feeble.

 

We’re not talking about them being more feeble but seeming to be more feeble.

 

 

 

So, in 1CO 12:22  On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary;

They’re necessary, they seem to be weaker, but they’re really not, that’s the point, they just seem that way.

 

Now what am I saying to you?

 

I’m saying you see me up here, but you don’t see how necessary it is to have the support group that is behind me in every way and in this church.

 

That’s what is so wonderful, it’s always the team.

 

That’s the way it was designed by God in the Church-age.

 

It’s not one person but all of us, hoverer, all of us must be led by God the Holy Spirit.

 

That is part of the concept, according to the next verse.

 

In 1CO 12:23 and those members of the body, which we deem less honorable,

 

By less honorable Paul means that they do not receive the honor and the respect as visible gifts do.

 

They are laid back and behind the scenes.

 

 

So. What does it mean less honorable?

 

It doesn’t mean they’re dishonorable, it means they don’t receive any recognition.

 

No one recognizes them.

 

But they are there.

 

And they’re doing their job unto the Lord.

 

And they have wonderful gifts for the team and they’re doing their job as unto the Lord, and their growing constantly in grace.

 

By the way a team member doesn’t just go through the motions, a team member fulfills COL 3:17  And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

 

A team member fulfills ECC 9:10  Whatever your hand finds to do, verily, do {it} with all your might;

 

 

So the word less honorable simply mens they do not always receive the noticeable honor, except the greatest of all honor, that fantastic “Well done from the Lord” and the future blessings they will have in heaven as rewards.

 

No one recognizes them, but they are there.

 

They fulfill such passages as MAT 10:40  “He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.

 

 

MAT 10:41  “He who receives a prophet in {the} name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.

 

 

 

MAT 10:42  “And whoever in the name of a disciple gives to one of these little ones even a cup of cold water to drink, truly I say to you he shall not lose his reward.”

 

This individuals are doing their job unto the Lord.

 

And they’re meeting problems, and handling problems, and they’re doing a fantastic job.

 

So back in 1CO 12:23  and those members of the body, which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor,

 

Now, the word bestow is the pres-act-ind of the verb perititheemi meaning to clothe with more abundant honor, to put a hedge around someone, to invest in them, to build them up, to treat them with privilege.

 

Now, think about, what a privilege it is to be on this team and also needed.

 

For this team was coordinated in heaven as a part of the doctrine of divine decrees in eternity past, Eph 1:4.

 

 

 

 

Billions and billions of year ago the Trinity decided that our Lord Jesus Christ would be the head of the church as our Savior, and God the Holy Spirit would actually provide whatever we were by way of members of the team, Eph 1:22, 1Co 12:11.

 

It was God the Holy Spirit who decided what position we would play in this fantastic and unique part of history.

 

This is the greatest part of history, for this is the Church-age when everything is resolved with regard to the prehistoric angelic conflict.

 

And therefore, the head cannot say to any member of the body, I don”t need you.

 

Why?

 

Because God the Holy Spirit has given you that gift because it is needed, whether it is hidden, or whether it is observable and understood to be a spiritual gift.

 

Now, in 1Co 12:24  whereas our seemly members [the overt or visible gifts]  have no need of it. But God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked,

 

 

 

The more abundant honor to the parts of the team that lacked refers to the team members who advance in the spiritual life, and they are part of a great invisible army.

 

These are to receive more abundant honor.

 

And why?

 

It says very clearly in 1CO 12:25  that there should be no division in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another.

 

1CO 12:26  And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

In other words, you don’t know what the spiritual gift of someone is so don’t ever run them down, don’t ever ridicule them.

 

Don’t ever despise them or be jealous of them or vindictive or implacability, or full of hatred, or ridicule.

 

What happens if division or discord strikes and hits the team?

 

The whole body hurts.

 

The whole body hurts not just the one being ridiculed or maligned, that’s what it’s saying.

 

That’s important.

 

 

 

I can’t tell you how many times I heard this principle during the conference and especially coming from those who came from other doctrinal ministries.

 

But I heard from many individuals the same comment, how they were so impressed with the love being manifested by the

team.

 

In fact, isn’t that what our Lord said in Joh 13.

 

 

JOH 13:34  “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

 

JOH 13:35 “By this all men will know that you are My disciples [mathetes, students of doctrine], if you have love for one another.”

 

Now, who makes other members of the team hurt?

 

Someone who is arrogant, self-righteous, angry, bitter, jealous, vindictive, vicious, a gossip, a maligner, someone who judges, all of those things.

 

They are the ones who make the other team members hurt.

 

And you might even be right in your criticism of another team member who is not performing as a team member, however who is their judge?

 

ROM 14:4  Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and stand he will, for the Lord is able to make him stand.

 

They are members of His body, His team, and He is in control.

 

 

 

Now, often this can come from those who are in authority not just the run of the mill people who are doing things, but those who are in authority.

 

Because when you are in authority, you have responsibility, and when one of the team members under your authority do not function as a team member, it hurts the part of the ministry you’re in charge of.

 

 

And you have the right to replace them but you do not have the right to malign them or judge them.

 

You have the right of the privacy of your priesthood, you will fail, and I will fail, we all fail because we have sin natures and because we are dumb, stupid, imbeciles at times.

 

But we’re all going to do that.

 

We’re not here to talk about that.

 

We’re not here to malign anyone.

How can we avoid this?

 

It’s as easy as Eph 5:18:, Be filled with the Spirit.

 

 

 

 

When we judge, when we malign, when we have prejudice toward those who are working under our authority or anything else, and say they don’t have a right to that, we are in danger of becoming their judge.

 

By the way, let me remind of something if you are in this position, I don’t want to put all the pressure on the team members who have authority, you don’t have to like those under your authority, you just have to love them with impersonal love..

 

There is a principle called in the Army, loyalty down, loyalty up.

 

In other words, Loyalty up comes from loyalty down.

 

No one with the gift of leadership can ever, ever develop a prejudice that will hurt his authority.

 

It can destroy it.

 

That’s how important it is.

 

So, who are the biggest failures?

 

Those who have the most authority.

 

When?

 

When they get out of line.

 

So in 1CO 12:26  And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it;

 

If one part of the team hurts, the whole team hurts.

 

Why?

 

We are all on the same team.

 

And therefore in 1CO 12:26if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

What is the honor?

 

It is the Royal family honor code of the spiritual life.

 

And when we are filled with the Spirit, and when we are executing the spiritual life, we’re operating under the honor code of the spiritual life.

 

So, Loyalty up and loyalty down is a very important principle.

 

And anyone who has any type of leadership is going to be tested, tested and tested.

 

You know why?

 

Because people aren’t going to like you at times.

 

Some people will like you, but not everyone.

 

And there are some people who will pretend to like you if they think that they are going to be promoted by you.

 

I will not tell you what we call that on Sunday morning especially with many visitors present.

 

So, it’s important to remember that the gift of leadership was given by God the Holy Spirit, but the responsibility that goes with it, is tremendous.

 

And my job is to be a blessing to you in teaching the word of God, regardless of your particular status quo.

 

Regardless of whether you like what is said or not.

 

My responsibility is to be accurate.

 

I have a spiritual gift.

 

And my loyalty to you and my love for you are dependent upon being accurate in teaching the word of God and to warn you against the intrusion of false doctrine which will wipe out the function of your spiritual gift.

 

And you’re not going to like me at times.

 

You may never like me at all, but you don’t have to.

 

What you have to love is the word of God.

 

And understand that the power of the spiritual life is our Mentor, God the Holy Spirit.

 

That you have to understand.

 

So in 1CO 12:27  Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.

 

1CO 12:28  And God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues.

 

1CO 12:29  All are not apostles, are they? All are not prophets, are they? All are not teachers, are they? All are not workers of miracles, are they?

 

1CO 12:30  All do not have gifts of healings, do they? All do not speak with tongues, do they? All do not interpret, do they?

 

1CO 12:31  But earnestly desire the greater gifts. And I show you a still more excellent way.

 

This simply means keep on having respect for the greater gifts.

 

And then the next part of the verse says literally , and yet I point out to you for your benefit, a way beyond comparison.

 

There is something far, far greater that holds a team together, and it is correctly translated, a way before comparison.

 

And what is it?

 

The unique spiritual life.

 

The principle of love in 1Co 13.

 

Nothing must break in to a church organization that is not a part of the unique doctrine of the spiritual life.

 

Nothing.

 

There’s the power.

 

There’s the power of leadership.

 

Now, all of this happened because Solomon did not understand Gal 6:7.

 

The four results of Divine Discipline for David’s sin.

 

  1. Nathan said the sword would never depart from David’s house (2Sa 12:10).

Fulfilled in the successive violent deaths of at least three of his sons—Amnon (2Sa 13:29), Absalom (2Sa 18:14), and Adonijah (1Ki 2:25).

 

  1. Nathan also prophesied to David that his own wives would be humiliated before all Israel (2Sa 12:0011).

This was fulfilled when Absalom “lay with his father’s concubines in the sight of all Israel” (2 Samuel 16:22).

 

  1. Nathan pronounced the fatal end of the son conceived by David’s sin with Bathsheba (2Sa 12:14).

 

Fulfilled seven days after Nathan’s judgment sentence in 2Sa 12:18.

 

  1. David failed as a father with Absalom and others.

 

ACT 13:22  “And after He had removed him, He raised up David to be their king, concerning whom He also testified and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My heart, who will do all My will.’