It doesn’t take much to ruin a life. Look at the police officer in Dallas that shot the man in what she thought was her apartment. Look at the mess Bill Cosby is in. Look at the problem going on to confirm the supreme court judge. Look at the little boy that died in the septa train situation. There is but a step to falling off the cliff for anyone. 1 Cor 10:12. With that being the case, we must get hold of discretion and never let it go. Pro 2:11. Pro 3:21-26.
I don’t know about other churches, but here, we teach that a person cannot be a fake. A person must be 100% genuine, because God will repay. 2 Cor 5:10-11. We teach that one must be doing what he is supposed to be doing all the time. It makes no difference if no one is around; a person is supposed to be where he is entitled to be and not somewhere else.
Let us ask ourselves. Would others approve of what I’m doing? Could I recommend that everyone else do it? Would I be doing it in the presence of family, spouse, children, friends, etc. Am I ashamed for others to know what I’m doing? If so, you aren’t using discretion and you are about to fall off the cliff. Pro 16:18
There is a Heaven and Hell and you need to consider which will be yours for eternality. Acts 2:40. Mk 8:36-37. Jas 1:21. Jas 5:20. Heb 5:39. Oh yes, you do have a soul! The soul is the real you and your body is only a shell or housing for the soul. Gen 2:7. Mat 10:28. At death the body goes back to the dust from where it was taken and the soul (or spirit) goes back to God who gave it. Gen 3:19:23. Psa 103:13-16. Eccl 3:19-23. Eccl 12:7. After death the soul awaits the judgment in Hades (the unseen place) where evil and good are separated by a great gulf. Lk 16:19-31. Jesus affirmed on the day of his death that He was going to take a remorseful thief with Him to the paradise side of Hades. Lk 23:43. Acts 2:29-32.
Heaven is an eternal luxury beyond man’s wildest dreams. Matt 7:21. John 14:1-3. Heb 4:9-11. 2 Pt 3:13. Rev 14:13. But Hell is so bad, it is worst than anything man can imagine. Hell is eternal fire reserved for those who fail to obey God. Matt 13:37-50. Mk 9:43-50. 2 Thess 1:6-9. Matt 23:23. Matt 5:22. 2 Pt 2:4. It will make no difference if one believes or not; everyone will be brought to the realization of Heaven and Hell. Heb 9:27. Matt 25:31-46. 2 Cor 5:10
A vampire isn’t a creature that lies in a coffin during the day and arises at night to drink the blood of the living. A vampire walks around day or night and drinks no blood, but does drain the resources of the weak and innocent that depend upon others to help them. We heard so often of someone that has been put in charge of the well being of another and instead of doing their duty to use resources and other monies to help the one placed in their care; they dip into the pot and spend and take stuff for themselves.
This conduct is reprehensible! An evil person takes advantage of a vulnerable soul who must depend upon others to care for him. Anyone who does that is void of ethics, humanity and is a vampire.
God will judge such sinners and there is indeed a special place in hell for any who prey on the weak. Pro 15:3. Ezk 18:12-13. Pro 30:14. Jude 14-15.
If you are in charge of the well being of someone else. Deny youself! Do what is right. Devote yourself to the mission to care and provide for those entrusted to you. Be ethical! Do the right thing and don’t steal or abuse the weak. Rom 15:1. Acts 20:35. 1 Thess 5:14. Pro 31:20. Psa 72:12-14
One may not be able to do good to every person in the world, but if man can do good for just one person; much has been accomplished.
The word of God, teaches men to do good toward one another. Gal 6.10. Luke 6.35. Heb 13.16. 1 Pt 3:11. Every day, people should look for opportunity to assist in making the burdens of others much lighter. Rom 15:1-2. At the end of the day, the person whose life has been touched, should say, “I’m so glad I met that person!”
It doesn’t take much, just a little concern, just a little looking around, just a little getting out of our comfort zone, just a little getting out of our self center zone and show another person that we can spread love.
“Flee to the mountains,” were the words spoken by the angels as they were preparing to destroy the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, along with all the other suburbs and towns of the valley. Gen 19:17. However Lot thought himself unable to get to the mountains, so he requested permission to flee to the small city of Zoar, also called Bela. Gen 14:2. Gen 19:19-23. Lot in his explanation of Zoar said, “And it is a little one”. Gen 19:20. So, it is very clear from Lots words that this town was small and probably not as favorable as the other cities in the valley. Still, Lot didn’t let any of that stop him because even though it was small, he saw a city that could provide refuge for him while the destruction fell upon the metro area. Gen 19:24-29.
Many times in the region of a large city, there are churches spread out with some big, some medium and some very small. And many times when choosing a church, the desire to worship with the bigger church appears to be more of the choice. However, others look at the “little one” and see the need to be of encouragement. Acts 16:9. When people visit a small group for the first time, they say, “And it is a little one.” And yes it certainly is, but though small, it is still a church where Jesus is in the midst and it is a place where one can be saved. Matt 18:20. John 10:9.
“And it is a little one”, in such a church, members can have a better chance of exercising skills in teaching, song leading and helping with other aspects of the work, because the workers are few and everyone has to work. There’s no taking a number and waiting for it to be called, for in a small church, everyone works every time they meet.