Saturday, May 31, 2014

Cashing in on your enemies

Persecutions are guaranteed in this life and enemies through which persecution comes.  As believers we know that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but rather against principalities, powers and rulers of this dark age.  Somehow we still think of them as enemies, we still dislike them, but we just don't act on it, because God will avenge our cause, and He does.  But Jesus requires more than that, much more.
"“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.’  44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,[b]  45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.  46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?  47 And if you greet your brethren[c] only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors[d] do so?  48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect." - Matthew 5:43-48
Jesus commands us to be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect who is kind to the believer and unbeliever alike.  We are to love our enemies, bless our enemies, do good to our enemies and pray for them.  This is a little different from waiting for God to strike them down with lightning from heaven.

Foreign Exchange

One of the most amazing things Jesus set up was foreign exchange where you can material goods and time for heavenly wealth in your heavenly bank account which suffers no deflation, no thieves, no rust.  The only way to lose funds in your heavenly account is by letting others know what material goods or time you used for your transfer.  What you've actually done is boast about what you did and have already received credits in the form of recognition from others because what you desired was the praise of man rather than praise from the Father.

Material goods can be exchanged for heavenly credits to your account by hosting a dinner party for those people who would never be able to return the favor.  Don't let your left hand know what your right hand is doing and you've just transferred wealth into your heavenly account.

Time can be exchanged for heavenly credits by praying for people.

Cashing in on your enemies

Take a look at what Jesus says in verse 46, "for if you love those who love you, what reward have you?"  Loving other people who I know will love me back does not credit my heavenly account, but loving those who hate me, persecute me, spitefully use me and curse me will credit my heavenly account.

Every enemy is generating heavenly wealth for you and giving you and easy opportunity to pick up that wealth and transfer to your heavenly account or to walk away from the opportunity because of your pride.