A tongue-in-cheek perspective (but seriously though), of some of the kinds of people found in the New Testament.
The tag ‘ites’ is a Christian colloquialism used to describe certain races of people in the Old Testament that originate from a certain area. In Hebrew, the term ‘ites’ means “people of”. And as we mentioned before, that the ‘ites’ of the Old Testament such as the the Ammonites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, and the Girgashites and etc all had certain qualities, attitudes and attributes associated with them.
In the previous blog, we discover in the Book of John some ‘ites’ that we affectionately called, The ‘Getites’. We called them ‘Get’-ites because they had a ‘Get-All-You-Can’ mentality. Their minds were only on what they could ‘get’ from Jesus.
Today, we find a different type of ‘ite’ near Jesus. Again, let’s go to the book of John, Chapter 6.
Jesus, upon seeing that the people that had followed Him for the miracle provision of food and were going to seize Him in order to make Him their king, responded thus…
“Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.” – Joh 6:26
Jesus clearly identifies their incorrect motives and tells them point blank, that their focus needed to change from their immediate needs to their eternal needs. He goes on to say to them…
“Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.”- Joh 6:27
Upon Jesus shining the Light on their hearts, immediately, we begin to see a change of heart attitudes. Their heart attitudes began to change from ‘what can we get?” to ‘what can we do?” Their attitude changed from what they could extract from the Kingdom of God to what they could do to add to the Kingdom of God.
This is a fundamental shift that must occur in every believer’s heart. When people first enter into Christianity, they are often hurt, wounded, maimed or perhaps on death’s door. These varying conditions can encompass the entire spectrum of human existence. From the physically and emotionally scarred all the way to the financially wounded. Regardless of the plethora of reasons, they are all welcome because of God’s Love. The love, the healing, the restoration, the adoption into the family of Christ, the forgiveness of sin, the spiritual gifts, the teaching, the training, the fellowship with the brethren is all there and available to them because it is the commonwealth of God’s Kingdom. (Eph 2:11-22)
However, with that being said, there comes a time when in every believer’s walk will bring them to a place of deciding whether they really are going to be a part of God’s family. They must learn to embrace the teaching of Christ and allow the nature of God to truly operate through them. They come to a time when their faith must grow. They come to a time when they must decide if they are going to actually believe the Word of God that they have read. If they actually believe the Word that has been preached to them, there must be some corresponding action on their part. A heart with the correct motives will be compelled to do something to help. James says it like this…
“But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” -Jas 2:20 KJV
We now see the correct motives shining through the people’s hearts in the next scripture when they asked:
“Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?” -Joh 6:28
Notice, they now said…’What shall we do?”
These are the correct heart attitudes of those who are interested in adding to the Kingdom of God. It is exemplified by their desire to do something to help.
More importantly, the proof that someone is operating with a ‘right heart’ is exemplified by the fact that they always want to do what is pleasing to God. They are intent on maintaining that attitude every day and in every situation, even with strangers. Their life is exemplified by their desire to always do the right thing.
There is a common expression floating around on TV and Social Media etc made famous by a certain comedian when prompted about the handling of ‘his business’ which says: “Get ‘Er Done!”
Well, we can take the concept of that quip in slang and apply it affectionately to those who want to please the Lord all the time and do things right.
We formally introduce you to….
See, the Doerites do the Right Things for the Right Reasons. They do things because they love God and are called according to His purpose. They do the right things because they want to build the Kingdom. They do the right things because they want to serve the True and Living God. They do the right thing because they can’t help respond out of love and appreciation and show forth the Love of the Lord that was given to them freely. It has become their “new nature in Christ.”
The Bible also tells us,
“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.“ – Jas 1:22 KJV
The Doerites are those that ‘Do The Word’. They don’t just hear it. They have learned to apply the Word to their lives.
Then, after they asked, “What shall we do?”
“Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom He hath sent.” -Joh 6:29 KJV
Jesus answer was simple. You start to work the works of God by believing on him whom He has sent. At that moment, God sent Jesus to bring about Salvation for mankind. But God has also sent others to your life. Perhaps, He has sent a pastor or minister to speak the Words of the Gospel. Perhaps, He sent a neighbor to be a friend to you. Perhaps, He sent a stranger to you, passing by in an airport to speak a word of encouragement to you.
As long as their words, actions and deeds line up with the Word of God. As long as you can see ‘Jesus’ in their words and their behavior. As long as the words coming from their mouth align with the Word of God, they may have been sent to ‘help’ you. But as for Salvation and Eternal life, the only One that we should ever believe in, is Jesus. He is The One whom God has sent for all of us.
There are yet a couple of more ‘ites’ that we will learn of in the upcoming weeks.
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According to the Scripture, Romans 8:28 says- “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” The questions is, how do all these things work out to our benefit? God is a “God that declares “The End” from “The Beginning”. However, we must understand that He is also a God of process. There is a process that takes from the beginning unto the end.
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