Hope this is encouraging to you all. These excerpts that I send from time to time are transcribed by some saints who have wanted to capture on paper some of the thoughts that they have heard on tape.
“Go make disciples. Baptize them in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. Teach them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Mat. 28:19-20).
That’s not legalism. Jesus wasn’t a legalist in asking us to teach others to obey all His commands. That’s simply Jesus, who knows what will make this world work, saying: “Here is My way. Walk in it. Separate yourself from the world. Stop conforming to the patterns of the world. What fellowship does light have with darkness?” He showed us to walk out a life that didn’t fellowship with darkness, but rather only fellowshipped with the Father and with those who loved the light. Not with those who were perfect, but with those who loved the light.
“This is the verdict:” some love light, some don’t (Jn. 3:19). That is the measuring rod. Not perfection. Not having perfect understanding of every issue or perfect knowledge or even perfect application in any area. But Jesus is after people who love the light. That’s who He draws to Himself. He loves everyone, but He can’t help those who refuse to come to the light. The nicest person in the world, who has all sorts of wonderful qualities but doesn’t love the light, has no hope. On the other hand, the worst bonehead in the world, who messes everything up every day of his life, but is humble and loves the light and is willing to “come into the light so that his deeds may be exposed” has full hope. He wants to walk in peace and freedom. He doesn’t care what people think; he doesn’t have fear of men. He would rather be right with God than to have people look up to him and esteem him and to count him as great and mighty and holy—which isn’t true about him anyway!
I encourage you to fix that standard in your mind. Those who love the light are those who will walk with God and fellowship with the One Who has lived in eternity and Who fellowships with His brothers and sisters in complete joy.