Published by Jerry Baysinger on 25 Jun 2002 at 06:02 pm
There has been a lot of teaching out there concerning the wealth of the sinner being laid up for the just, how we, the Christians, are supposed to lay claim to this wealth, to do the work of the Gospel in this end time. It was recently a subject of a short offeratory sermon at the Church we attend. When I got home from Church, I got to talking about this to the Lord, who wasted no time at all in setting me straight on the requirements connected to this. Being from a background of faith, we have been taught that we lay hold of these promises by faith, just as faithful Abraham obtained the promises from God. But there is a little more to the story…
Proverbs 13:22 says, “A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.” So…does that mean that everyone who calls Jesus “Lord” is entitled to the wealth of the sinner? No. Because it is laid up for the “JUST”. What person is just in God’s eyes? Well, for one thing, that person obviously must be walking in fellowship with and obedience to God. A “just” person would be one that God has called just. And we only get it one way, and that is by the blood of Jesus. A person having their sins washed away in the blood of Jesus certainly is clean.
But the Lord added something to the equation when He dropped this little jewel on me yesterday. The Holy Spirit spoke to me, “Jerry, if I ask you to pray for five hours, and you pray for four hours, you are not just. In fact, you would be in sin, and disobedience. If you are worshipping and praying, and you say you have to leave and go to work, and I tell you to stay longer, if you leave, you are in sin and disobedience, and not just. If, when you have a problem and cry out to me Lord help me, and I help you, then when I need your help, I expect you to drop what you are doing and serve me. If you don’t, that is sin, and you are not just. You would be in disobedience. When someone tells Me they have to go to work, and they don’t have time to spend with Me when I draw them, then I have to ask, whose payroll are they on? Do you know that the devil pays wages? He will pay your price to buy you away from Me. He will give whatever it takes to draw you away. If it is a new car or a better job you desire, he will arrange to keep you so busy with it, that you have no time for Me. If it is fame or friends you crave, he will arrange to send them your way to buy you off. But his wages are death in the end.
Remember, I said, The wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just. If you don’t qualify as just, then you don’t qualify for the wealth of the sinner that is laid up for the just. The line has been drawn in the sand. There are the just, and the unjust. Choose on which side you will be.”
Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” If you are on God’s payroll, when He calls out to you, you must say, “Here am I, Lord”, not, “I don’t have time right now, Lord.”
We can make all kinds of excuses for not spending time with God, our family calls, our boss calls, our golf game calls. But remember, you are literally making the choice whether to be called “JUST” or “UNJUST”. Think about that the next time you go to lay hold of the promises of God. They aren’t for the unjust. They are for the just. Faith is good, don’t get me wrong. You can’t please God without it. But faith alone does not please God. There is the matter of “OBEDIENCE”. Sorry to say, many people don’t want to hear that one. They think they can believe and confess their way into all the promises of God.
The Bible says in Isaiah 1:19, “If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:..”
Many, many, are willing. But not so many are willing to be obedient. Our time before Jesus returns is getting very short. When He returns, what will He find us doing? Will He find us willing and obedient to serve Him? Will we be found to be sheep, or goats? We really need to be considering these things. Sometimes the truth hurts. Ouch! But when the Spirit of Truth speaks to us, He is speaking to us to conform us to the image of Christ Jesus. He is coming back for His Church, those who are called “JUST”. Will He recognize you as one of the just? You see, I’m not just talking about the wealth of the sinner here being laid up for the just. I’m talking about us taking stock of our lives to see whether or not we qualify as the “JUST”. God has given us many promises in His word. And they can be acquired. God would not have promised them to us if it were not possible for us to obtain them. But there is a price to be paid. That price is “obedience”. Are you willing to pay the price to have God call you “JUST”?
Now, are you still believing for the wealth of the sinner being laid up for the just, meaning laid up for you? Then fine, just make sure you are qualified for it. God wants you to be qualified to inherit the promises. But He won’t make you obedient. That YOU must do.