Faith
Wednesday April 23, 2011
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
FAITH COMMENTARY
"No Tickee No Laundry"

No Tickee” “No Laundry” is an expression signifying that worthwhile things in life are only available to those willing to work for them, a principal that God applies to us when deciding who will be worthy of joining Him in Paradise. Joining Him in Paradise is a worthwhile goal and in this example, laundry worth having a ticket to claim.

Showing God our love is the price for receiving this ticket but unfortunately, not enough of us attempt doing it. Showing Him love is following His commandments and in Matthew 7:21 KJV Christ shows that following them requires just a bit more than claiming to do it:

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Promising and proclaiming to do Gods will is a waste of time; receiving a “Tickee” requires that we perform. Matthew 7:22 KJV shows wasted words as the order of the day:

Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

Boasting about things that we have done draws suspicion to the fact that we have not done them; God responds in Matthew 7:23 KJV:

And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

God hears what we say but He only responds to action; words are cheap and the time to take action is growing short! Mark 13:19 KJV directs us to end-time prophecy, the days in which we now live, the days immediately before Christ returns:

For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.

We are living in days that Noah experienced, days in which good is taking the place of evil. Our nation and its people increasingly choose to ignore God and His laws, a choice that brings us affliction.

Do you have a ticket yet? Mark 13:36 KJV addresses those who are yet to receive theirs, those sleeping on the job:

Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.

There is still time to get yourself a ticket as Mark 13:37 KJV tells you to watch for Him:

And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

Watching for His Return is something that you do when you have a ticket. Listening to God’s appeal, Rev. 2:7 KJV shows what over comers receive for their tickets:

 

 


 

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

Good overcomes evil and you being with Christ in the Eternity is a worthwhile goal.

He stands ready to hand you your ticket.

Are you reaching for it?

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Pastor Billy Johnson can be reached by email at billy@lakeshorebible.info or viewed online at www.lakeshorebible.com