As Christians we should understand that the foundations of our faith stem out of Judaism, not the Rabbinical Judaism that is practiced today, that on the most part emerges out of the Jamina school of Judaism, which the Pharisees preserved, but the Mosaic Judaism practiced in the Old Testament.
Why it is so important for us to remember this is because, we are warned in the scriptures not to take that fact for granted:
Rom 11:17 You Gentiles are like branches of a wild olive tree that were made to be part of a cultivated olive tree. You have taken the place of some branches that were cut away from it. And because of this, you enjoy the blessings that come from being part of that cultivated tree.
Rom 11:18 But don't think you are better than the branches that were cut away. Just remember that you are not supporting the roots of that tree. Its roots are supporting you.
Rom 11:19 Maybe you think those branches were cut away, so that you could be put in their place.
Rom 11:20 That's true enough. But they were cut away because they did not have faith, and you are where you are because you do have faith. So don't be proud, but be afraid.
Rom 11:21 If God cut away those natural branches, couldn't he do the same to you?
Rom 11:22 Now you see both how kind and how hard God can be. He was hard on those who fell, but he was kind to you. And he will keep on being kind to you, if you keep on trusting in his kindness. Otherwise, you will be cut away too.
Rom 11:23 If those other branches will start having faith, they will be made a part of that tree again. God has the power to put them back.
Through Moses God established the law, the law had 613 precepts to it and a person had to keep all of them because if they broke one, they broke the whole law:
Jas 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
The law was meant the lead to Christ, to let people understand that they did not have the capacity to keep the whole law perfectly, so they needed the Grace of God:
Gal 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
Gal 3:25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
Gal 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
We see this in how Jesus dealt with people. There were some people who would come to Jesus all holier than thou, thinking they are right and do not need any help. To those people Jesus gave the law:
Mat 23:27 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which indeed appear beautiful outside, but inside they are full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.
Mat 23:28 Even so you also appear righteous to men outwardly, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
Mat 23:29 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets, and decorate the tombs of the righteous,
Mat 23:30 and say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.
Mat 23:31 Therefore you are witnesses to yourselves, that you are the sons of those who killed the prophets;
Mat 23:32 and you fill up the measure of your fathers.
However to the people who recognise they had wronged God and were broken before him, he gave them grace:
Joh 8:4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
Joh 8:5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
Joh 8:6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
Joh 8:7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
Joh 8:8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
Joh 8:9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
Joh 8:10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
Joh 8:11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
This is how Jesus helped people, he did not waste time with people who did not want to come to terms with their condition, he was looking for those people who recognised they needed to change.
When we are being a witness for Christ, we should be the same, when we are speaking with people that think they are a good person and do not need salvation, we should use the law as a bench mark to show them their sinfulness and the best way to do that is through the 10 commandments. Once they recognise that they have transgressed God’s laws then they are ready for God’s Grace and that is the message of Christ and him scarificed. That knowledge we set them free.
If you are talking to a person and they are already broken and recognise they need to change then they are already prepared to hear about the grace of God.
People have to value the Grace of God before they are ready to receive it!
We speak to people all the time about our Reliv opportunity, whether we are coming from the angle of the products for better health or the business opportunity for better finances. Some people are ready to receive the information and others are not.
Many people think thay are OK because they feel OK at that moment or they are in a job that is paying them a regular pay check at that moment. You can bring the reality to them and see if they are open to explore alternatives. However you cannot help that person if their mindset does not change, no matter how badly you want to help them.
However there are those people who know something needs to change, they just don’t know how they were going to do it or how it was going to happen, these are the people you are looking for because they are ready to hear the message of Reliv.
We are in a people search business, so do not be surprised when the majority of people you speak to want to stay in their comfort zones. We are not looking for the majority, we are looking for the minority who are looking for change without excuses!
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