Are You Standing In Hot Coals?
Lesson 8 by turtle

Last week we talked about inspecting fruit, yet we are not to judge people. The business world inspects fruit all the time. There
fruit is often based on productivity of a person in the work place. We all known people to get raises that did not deserve them. In
fact we seen people get even promoted in business that we would assume should not have the job. These people sometimes find
a way to munipulate the boss into that position, or know how to get others to do their work for them, without anyone being the
wiser. Sooner or later though the person will work themselves into a position that will cause them to fail or make the boss wise.
Complaining never does anyone any good. These people often look for a free ride. The story of the ten virgins is much like that.
Expecting to be able to do has they will with their oil that on the night that the bridegroom comes their is no oil and they have to
go buy some. When they return the others are gone and they are left behind.

Matthew 25:1-13 KJV
(1)  Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the
(2)  And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
(3)  They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
(4)  But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
(5)  While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
(6)  And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
(7)  Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
(8)  And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
(9)  But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy
for yourselves.
(10)  And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door
was shut.
(11)  Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
(12)  But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
(13)  Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

A Christian is the bride of Christ. One day He will return, yet if one is not prepared then one is going to find themselves left
behind. It is not the pastors or teachers job to make sure you are ready to meet Jesus. There job is to do the will of God and
share the word in season and out of season. However each person is a hearer. How you hear and what you do when you hear
the word of God is important. You are responsible for how you react to God’s word. You are responsible for how and what you
do when God gives you instructions or gifts. Example would be the story of talents.

Matthew 25:14-30 KJV
(14)  For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them
his goods.
(15)  And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and
straightway took his journey.
(16)  Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
(17)  And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
(18)  But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.
(19)  After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
(20)  And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five
talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
(21)  His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make
thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
(22)  He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two
other talents beside them.
(23)  His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee
ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
(24)  Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou
hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
(25)  And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
(26)  His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and
gather where I have not strawed:
(27)  Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own
with usury.
(28)  Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
(29)  For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away
even that which he hath.
(30)  And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

God gives according to our ability as well as gives us gifts, how we use our talents and what we do with them, is based on how
we are able to produce. If we take our talents and hide them then we are not productive. If we produce well He well increase our
talents to enable us to do more for Him. God is a good business person. It is common sense to increase the employee that does
the most and encourage his talents. Some people may be good at what they do and be at a stand still on the level in which they
can move up in a job. This does happen, yet often a good business owner will find ways to train to move a skilled person up the
ladder. God does this with people in ministry as well. He takes their little talents and increase them as they are productive.

What about the unproductive servant he seems to find hell and not heaven? Well it is quit simple really. We are saved by grace
through faith. Many people have faith in God but never receive His free gift of salvation and never move beyond a pew, or their
own back door ot care about someone else. The Devil believes and trembles but He does not obey God.

James 2:19 KJV
(19)  Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

James 2 is probably my favorite chapter concerning works and faith. Here is another keep verse to help us in this study.

James 2:17-20 KJV
(17)  Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
(18)  Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my
faith by my works.
(19)  Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
(20)  But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

I want you to take note in this next passage I share about works and faith. Does God expect you to give all you have away?
Often Christians act like doormats and they should not. God gives you a talent and you are to use it. Yet you can not give all you
have away, because you never will earn anything back to reuse. The other day I seen a bunch of loose soda cans in a grocery
cart for twenty five cents a piece. Apparently the store had a few busted boxes of soda. Instead of loosing money and throwing a
few cans away they make a killing by selling individual cans. Actually making more money then if selling a whole box. The
advantage to the customer is to buy a box instead of individual cans of soda, but if you only need two cans this is practical.

Philip was sent to one Eunuch in Acts 8, yet this Eunuch would go back to Ethiopia and tell about the saving grace of Jesus.
Peter was sent to Cornelius house in Acts 10 and the whole household was saved. If you are a believer and you witness to one
person and they take the gospel forth and share it there is produce. If you teach one person about Jesus and they go forth and
share there will be produce. Not all produce is always good. Yet you never know when you lead one person to Christ if He will
lead a crowd to Christ.  Your responsibility it to share what you have. Philip did not receive money for sharing with the Ethiopian
and neither did Peter get any money for sharing  with Cornelius, but the fruit that was produce was of God. God no doubt
blessed their obedience, how the scripture does not say, but both would continue on their journey spreading the gospel of Jesus.

Two paragraphs back I said Christians are not to be door mats what did I mean you wonder. Well if you have something and
give it away you have nothing. Does God require all. Well the widow gave all she had in the offering and no doubt God honor
her, yet what does God expect us to give.

Luke 3:9-11 KJV
(9)  And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down,
and cast into the fire.
(10)  And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then?
(11)  He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let
him do likewise.

This passage speaks if you have two coats and someone is in need give it. Yet in this passage you see this as well.

Luke 9:2-3 KJV
(2)  And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.
(3)  And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have
two coats apiece.

Matthew 10:10 KJV
(10)  Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.

Luke 9:1-6 KJV
(1)  Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.
(2)  And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.
(3)  And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have
two coats apiece.
(4)  And whatsoever house ye enter into, there abide, and thence depart.
(5)  And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony
against them.
(6)  And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.

A minister is worthy to be paid, but Christ tells them to take nothing with them on their journey. Yet that still does not quite
answer the question.

Matthew 5:38-48 KJV
(38)  Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
(39)  But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
(40)  And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.
(41)  And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.
(42)  Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
(43)  Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
(44)  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which
despitefully use you, and persecute you;
(45)  That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good,
and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
(46)  For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
(47)  And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
(48)  Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Often as Christians it does not make good business sense to do what we do. In fact little is our reward for doing somethings.
Sometimes it seems we are getting used. In 2 Kings 5 the story of a leper name Naaman is told. He goes and sees the prophet
Elisha. Elisha tells the man to dip in the Jordan river and God would heal him. He comes back rejoicing and Naaman tries to pay
Elisha for what he did. Yet Elisha makes a point not to take his money, because he was not the one that healed him. It was God
that healed. However the servant of Naaman thought wiser and with doing so he reaped the punishment for seeking money for
Elisha. Elisha had done nothing yet the servant failed to understand and was cursed with leprosy.

God does expect His saints to take care of His ministers. Yet a minister should be willing to go without money. Ministries cost. It
not like ministers today can walk everywhere they go. They have to buy fuel for their vehicles. Yet a minister willing to go that
extra mile is one that is worthy to be a minister. Yet even wolves are known to look at profit for going.

In closing of this lesson I want to leave you with these verses.

1 John 2:14-17 KJV
(14)  I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young
men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.
(15)  Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
(16)  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of
the world.
(17)  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

Is wealth why you serve God? Do you love the things of the world more then God? Are you willing to obey God no matter the
cost? It often can hurt, but the reward of eternal life and being with God for eternity is worth it all. Give up the lust of the flesh,
lust of the eye and the pride of life and serve God.