We are meant to be lighthouses aligning the shores of the sea of life—shining our lights in such a way that we become beacon lights that guide the world’s unsaved masses to the true Light. In other words, we believers in Christ are called to be visible lights that point spiritually unenlightened souls to the true Light of the world—Jesus Christ.
Believers in Christ know that the moment the Vine no longer abides in them and they no longer abide in the Vine is when they also no longer can be fruitful Vineyard workers. That is why the Vine and Vineyard motivate Christ followers to continue to stay present in the Vine and the Vineyard—to continue to remain connected to the Vine and Vineyard—because they are these believers’ sources for love and joy.
The only way we will be able to produce the Fruit of the Holy Spirit is to answer the Vine’s Divine Call and then yield to the Husbandman’s Divine Care.
God does not want us to have any divisions. This truth is why He is not pleased with our different ideologies, theologies and denominations. He sees how they divide us into opposing groups of disciples. He sees how our friendly-fire skirmishes deny the Oneness that His indivisible Unities give us. This truth is why we—Christ’s Disciples—need to seek and receive the Oneness that God desires to see in Christ’s ONE Body.
The Lord’s moral lesson in His Dragnet parable is this: There is a day of reckoning coming—the day when the Lord will separate true believers from pretend believers. Jesus Christ also is teaching us that being caught in the net in no way means that every fish is a “good” catch. These Divine Truths are why we should not see weekly attendance at and involvement in local “churches” as signs of authentic Christianity.
Christians’ lives belong to Jesus Christ. This Divine Truth is why they never should forget it is to Him they will have to give an account of: their actions, spoken words, and thoughts; how they used His spiritual gifts, natural talents, and time; and whether they used His gifts of Grace, Salvation, Holy Spirit, and godly Characteristics to glorify Father God and minister to people in need.
Natural darkness is more convenient for career sinners—thieves, robbers, drug pushers, murderers, prostitutes, adulterers, and so forth—who find it easier to commit their evil deeds in darkness. Sadly, there also are carnal Christians who find natural and spiritual darkness to be more convenient, because they prefer their old life of habitual sinning to their new life of faith walking. Therefore, because they love their sins and hate having them exposed by God’s Light, both career sinners and carnal Christians choose to walk in their own ways—the ways of darkness—instead of choosing to embrace the supernatural Light of Jesus Christ, believing totally in the Word of God’s divine Truths, and walking only in God’s Ways.
The Body of Christ must stop engaging in friendly-fire skirmishes. To do this believers must realize that—when God deploys Army of the Lord soldiers to action-heavy trenches—those ditches only are meant to be breeding grounds for their faith.
Before the Body of Christ can fulfill the Great Commission of evangelizing and discipling the world, the Holy Spirit has to give every believer his or her foundational ministerial gifts, manifestative spiritual gifts, and motivational spiritual gifts—each believer must receive the functions and gifts God wants that person to use in the Body of Christ. Additionally, each “called” believer operating in ordained, manifested and motivational spiritual functions/gifts in love will be using these gifts in an orderly fashion.
How do we buy something that is priceless, like eternal life, without using any money? We use our diligence (our earnest, steady and energetic effort). Being diligent about our spiritual life is the price we pay for the FREE daily portions of Living Bread and Living Water—the spiritual food and water we need to fatten up (prosper) our souls. This diligence is how we make our souls spiritually fat. It works as long as we never let spiritual sluggishness (mere religious desires) keep us from daily renewing our minds.