Who Are You Living For?

The Apostle Paul understood Love in its purest form for he was redeemed specifically by FATHER’S Love as he was headed down the path of destruction.  His pride and ego had been fed by the religious system.  He was fully endorsed by the church leaders of the time.  He was charged with carrying out there bidding by killing off the opposition.  He was so blinded and deceived by his own agenda he could not see FATHER’S Will, plan, and purpose for mankind.  This was exactly were the adversary wanted him to stay.

After his conversion and being healed of his blindness, both spiritually and literally, Paul spent years in preparation for his ministry though he was already well versed as an expert in Jewish Law.  Approximately 14 years after he was converted and had the true revelation of Jesus Christ, he became known as Paul.  it took him considerable time in prayer and time of meditation to “undo” what he had been taught by the so-called experts.  This is in contrast to John, Peter, and James who spent 3 1/2 years under the teaching of Jesus and did not have to “unlearn” religious beliefs, traditions, and training from their elders.

In Romans chapter 14, Paul writes:

8 For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.

9 For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living.

10 But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

11 For it is written:

​​​“As I live, says the LORD,

​​Every knee shall bow to Me,

​​And every tongue shall confess to God.”

​12 So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.

13 Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.

Men’s egos would have you believe that you are here to fulfill their purpose in life as though you have no purpose yourself.  They exalt themselves above others in order to acquire some status as being entitled above others.  Jesus had no use for those in authority who had taken this path.  He had compassion for just about everybody but the Pharisees and Sadducees.  In Matthew chapter 3 Jesus spoke:

7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

8 Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance,

9 and do not think to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.

10 And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

What kind of fruit are you bearing?  Inspection of your past fruit will confirm who you are living for.  Have you been promoting life in others or have you been sucking life and resources out of others to exalt and promote yourself?  Have you been investing in others or extracting from others?  Many people will rationalize their past acts by their so-called intent but their fruit do not verify their claim. 

Paul claimed to be an expert in The Law but he totally missed Love’s intent which wrote The Law.  He was blind spiritually before he became blind physically.  He learned a valuable lesson and was able to appreciate what FATHER showed him to write as he recounted past failures.  Each of us must assess our past fruit which provides us perspective to who we are living for- ourselves or FATHER.

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