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Matthew 13:24-33 (As built; #267 Amite; 7-23-17)

“Job” (… doing your, Job)
… It’s the 1960’s and his name is Pete… Pete is a mediocre drummer at best…. And the band, Pete’s Band… well, they are going…nowhere! Truth be told, they are washed up, done, finished… Pete knows it, the Band knows it… everybody knows it, but Mr. Epstein does Not know it… Mr. Epstein does Not want the Band to quit… to stop playing… but Pete is telling him, look… Mr. Epstein, you did a good job… you got us in front of Decca Records, and that was no easy task…most people never get the opportunity to play/sing for them… and you did that for us! And yes, we showed our personality like you asked…we even played the songs you requested…. Sept Rain, Red Summer’s Sail, the Sheik of Arabia… but we just didn’t make it… well, Mr. Epstein will have none of that talk… Look, Epstein said…. my JOB, is to get you guys in front of the right people, so they can hear how good yall are… to make records, do concerts… I am not giving up, I am going back to Decca Records and talk with the President… well, low and behold he did get a meeting with the President…or so he thought, until he showed up at the meeting, and the President was not there, but only the GM…. The GM was pretty straight forward… that he has no interest in Pete’s Band… buy Epstein made the pitch, one… I will put up the 3k for the record and production cost…just give them one shot…. The GM reluctantly agrees, but only after two considerations…one, you must change the name of the band… Petes band does not sell… so Epstein offers the name Fab 4…. The GM says no… Epstein offers, Blackjack… the GM preferred Petes Band…. So get me a name and also, get another drummer… and let me know the songs…. Hard Days Night, Yesterday, Let it Be, Cant by me love…and the new drummer… a guy named Starr, Ringo Starr…yes, my B & S in Christ, the band is none other than the Beatles!!! All because the agent, Epstein was doing his….JOB!!!
THE GOSPEL IS ALL ABOUT DOING …our JOB!!! Remember what the Good Lord tells His Apostles… Do not try and separate the good wheat from the bad…the good people from the bad… I will do that… JUST DO YOUR JOB… and I WILL DO MINE… AND BE THE CONSUMATE JUDGE… and if you do this, and DO YOUR JOB WELL… the Angels will come, and take you to a place that where I AM…so will you be… and My Face will shine upon You… and please remember as a 1st century Jew, as an apostle… the Parables are little trying… Parables are like riddles…you have to look for the twist…something that doesn’t add up…doesn’t fit logically… once you do, you know where He is going..!! For example, the first parable… here a farmer, has planted wheat… and in 24 hours…somebody has snuck in… in 24 hours…that is sneaky, my brothers and sisters… snuck in with seeds, planted the seeds and the seeds have grown in equal proportion to the wheat… now this weed is called tares…and it looks somewhat just like wheat… and Christ is telling them… there JOB is NOT to separate the wheat from the tares…That JOB belongs only to Christ… their JOB is to do their JOB… be prayerful, stay close to HIM… and HE will bring them right to the Gates of Heaven… the parable about the Mustard seed… Is about a farmer who plants Mustard seeds/bushes… in his field… nobody in their right minds would plant a mustard bush… its an ugly bush…and every Jew knows only a fool does this… truly the village idiot ….the shrub if you will, grow to about 10 ft tall….(there in line is the, twist) and why would the birds come to this ugly, wide bush…when in Scripture it talks (Daniel, Ezekiel) about the Lebanon Cedars for birds to nest… Christ is telling His Apostles…. Right now you are just fishermen…but if you do your JOB… you will become Fishers of Men… and people will come from all over to hear you…!!! Right now people see you just as fishermen, an ugly shrub… but I will transform you and as such, people will come, the birds will come, and rest in your Church…. & finally the last parable… a woman is using leaven to allow the bread to rise…about 3 measures, which is about 50lbs… Christ is telling the Apostles …just do your JOB…and let me take care of the rest, I can take the bad and make it good… I can make all things, NEW!!!
… Each parable has to do with, doing their respective JOB!
… remember, the Good Lord is telling everyone including His Apostles…. Do you JOB, love me with your whole, heart, mind and soul…do not worry about the weeds, how you may be seen or what the bad people are doing… DO YOU JOB AND I WILL DO MINE…. And as such, I will allow MY FACE TO SHINE UPON YOU!!!
THROUGHOUT SCRIPTURE…. Several people truly radiate what it means to …do their JOB, not just their profession… their JOB…!!! Take Longinus… his profession is that of being a soldier, in particular a Centurion… he is the go to guy… make no mistake about it… if Pilate is going to have any success controlling this part of the world, you will have to rely on Longinus… He is respected by his peers and feared by his enemies… he is the … THE GUY…. But yet, this is just his profession… his JOB became clear to him, to all…when he made the profession of FAITH… Truly, this man was the son of God!!! Longinus now knows HIS JOB…to follow Christ!!! Take Arimathea, his profession is as a business man… land, produce… this, that…. Buy HIS JOB became clear the day he took Christ down from the Cross… and buried HIM in his tomb….
MY B & S in Christ…. Well, here we sit some 2000 years later… are you doing….YOUR JOB!!! You and I have only…one…ONE JOB!!! To get to Heaven… that’s it!! Bar none… to love God with our whole heart, mind and soul…. And if we do so, we will get to heaven, which is our only… JOB!!! Do not…DO NOT confuse your JOB with your profession!! Let me explain…you come in the world on this day, you and I go home on this day… IT IS NON NEGOTIABLE… …. We spend out entire lives developing, nurturing, enhancing our professions… and it will end on our last day… it helps no more!! Now what!? What do we tell the Good Lord… that we were a good lawyer, doctor, teacher, computer, electronics, student… and His response will be something to the effect, I should hope so, I GAVE YOU THAT GIFT… now, did you DO YOUR JOB!? Did you help others get to heaven…. Or just yourself… How are people going to come to know Christ, if you and I do not show them one of HIS disciples… WE are HIS eyes, ears, hands and feet…. How will people come to serve HIM, worship HIM… if we do not show them…don’t you see, you and I MUST visit with people, listen to what they need, how much they are hurt…a bad email, text, or phone call… will you pause long enough so that you can help them find Christ…. Will you DO YOU JOB…. To love Christ with your whole heart, mind and soul…AND…your neighbor as yourself???? My friends in Christ…we have one JOB and one JOB only; to make it to HEAVEN… our family, spouse, children’s, parents, grandparents, friends…. Etc…. if you and I don’t help people find THE WAY…. If we have no friends to help… what will come of us….??? Moreover; when we are finally judged and we will be… and we are standing before the set of gates…yet we don’t recognize anyone on the other side… no family, friends, co workers…etc…. WE ARE AT THE WRONG GATE… and there is nothing we can do…. For all eternity….
B & S… I leave you with this…. Don’t be so busy doing your job, you forget to DO YOUR JOB!!!
Amen

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