The Cycle of Life
In 1994, I brought Martin and Melissa together with their two cousins Lloyd and Duke to watch the premiere showing of the movie “The Lion King”. I paid something like two thousand five hundred pesos for the five tickets. It was for fund raising or something. The movie was worth the price. The movie opened when Simba the baby lion was offered to the gods of his father and mother, the King Mufasa and the Queen Sarabi. I advise you to watch the movie, if you haven’t yet. The theme song of the movie, The Circle of Life has garnered more than 24 millions hits as of this time. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vX07j9SDFcc.)
The Circle of Life or I should say, the Cycle of Life -The King was murdered by the jealous brother and Simba revenge the death of his father, and the circle or the cycle of life begins again.
Cycle means a repeating event or a process of periodicity in many fields. Now, if there is a cycle I would like to continue going on, it is the Cycle of Holiness.
What is a Cycle of Holiness? – It is a cycle in which the servants of God offer their sacrifices to God through their Ministers and in the process the Ministers partake of the offerings. These offerings are holy. When the Ministers partake of these offerings, they in turn are made holy. When the servants of God partakes of the doctrines of Christ through the Ministers, they too will become holy.
A little bit confusing? Actually, it is not.
When the Apostle Paul was preaching the doctrines of Jesus Christ, he wrote the Corinthians the following:
1 Corinthians 9:3-15 (King James Version)
3Mine answer to them that do examine me is this,
4Have we not power to eat and to drink?
5Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?
6Or I only and Barnabas, have not we power to forbear working?
7Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock?
8Say I these things as a man? or saith not the law the same also?
9For it is written in the law of Moses, thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?
10Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.
11If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?
12If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ.
13Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?
14Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.
15But I have used none of these things: neither have I written these things, that it should be so done unto me: for it were better for me to die, than that any man should make my glorying void.
Let me give you a short background of the Corinthians:
Paul was telling the Corinthians about the brethren in Mecedonia. The Macedonians were poor people yet they offered their sacrifices over and above what they can afford by offering first to God their intentions.
2 Corinthians 8:2 (King James Version)
2How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.
The Corinthians were mostly rich people; the Corinth was a big business district , yet, they could hardly give enough support on the ministerial job of Saint Paul at that time.
Here is a blog about the Macedonians that I borrowed from the web:
Attitude Of The Macedonian Saints
In the first century of the church, the Christians in Macedonia were very poor. Yet, when they heard about the desperate material needs of suffering saints in and around Jerusalem, the Macedonian Christians enthusiastically pleaded with Paul to take their offering to Judea for the benefit of their brethren in Christ. Paul was amazed that people so poor themselves would be eager to give from their meager substance to help others. But he said of the Macedonians, “The abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their liberality” (2 Corinthians 8:2). Though they had little, these godly people were so thankful for even that small amount that they were anxious to give sacrificially. Paul instructed the wealthy Corinthian church to follow the Macedonians’ example, telling them that gift-giving demonstrates gratitude: “For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God” (2 Corinthians 9:12).http://preachersfiles.com/sacrifices-of-thanksgiving/
Actually it was a mistake on the part of Paul to free the Corinthians of the burden of carrying the load of Paul in his ministerial job. It is a commandment from God to partake of the burden of the Minister in preaching God’s doctrine in the same manner that the servants of God partake of the spiritual food. It is in the offering of the sacrifices to God and let the Minister partake of the offering so he can continue doing his ministerial job that makes the whole process holy.
Hebrews 13:15-16 (New American Standard Bible) I used the ASB for easy understanding of the verse.
15(A)Through Him then, let us continually offer up a (B)sacrifice of praise to God, that is, (C)the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name.
16And do not neglect doing good and (D)sharing, for (E)with such sacrifices God is pleased.
This is what Paul said of the Macedonians for their attitudes towards the Church.
Philippians 4:18 (King James Version)
18But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God.
Today if you were asked, to be a Corinthian or to be a Macedonian?
You know the answer.
Thanks be to God!
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