November 29, 1998
Large numbers of Christians
are "BONUS" Christians; you can never depend
upon them and when they show up, it is a BONUS!
NO one Soldiering is
involved with the affairs of life, in order that he may please
the one having enlisted him. (2 Timothy 2:4)
The apostle Paul is comparing a Christian to a soldier. 2 Timothy
Let us superimpose Christian
thinking and living to the time of Moses.
As Moses went to work
one day, he encountered God, and was told to become a leader
and set the people of Israel free. As a bonus man, he would
"I have to check with my wife and children first."
Moses did offer an excuse: Who am I
verse 11. Once God had removed all the
v. 12-22, Moses still was not willing to go.
I cant speak! Exodus 4:1-17
Finally Moses decided that
he was going to go to Egypt and deliver the people.
"If Aaron had been a bonus man, he would have said to the Lord: 'Not today, I am busy building my
house, maybe next week or
next month.'" V. 27-28
"Moses could go to see Pharaoh, but Aaron's oldest son was sick
and his wife needed help, thus the trip to the palace had to be
postponed for the time being - Ex. 5:1-4
"God had told Moses and Aaron to make another trip to the palace,
but this time Moses could not go because a relative had a birthday which had to be celebrated. God was told that the rod
could be thrown down some other time, when both Moses and Aaron
could get together. Exodus 7:1-10
"God told Moses to get to the river the next morning and do the
works of God, but that could not take place since Moses' wife
had made a reservation for their wedding anniversary that day,
and they had to leave early in the morning to drive to Goshen.
"Seven days later God was ready to send the frogs, but he had to
hold that off since one of Moses' dogs had barked all night and
Moses was too tired to go. Exodus 8:1-1
"Just as Aaron was going to stretch out the rod, the wives of
Moses and Aaron came running and told them, enough is enough, get
back to work, we need money. Let someone else do the work of God.
"When Moses was told by God to get up in the morning, his children
came and told him that they had been in the house too long, time
to take a vacation, tell God that you will do his work some other
"Moses and Aaron were never able to get the Exodus going, between
wives, children, relatives, work, animals, buying groceries and
picking up diapers, vacations, colds, birthdays, anniversaries,
building projects, broken cars, broken appliances, and some old
fashioned husband/wife fights.
God had to call off the project.
The result: No nation of Israel, no Messiah could come, so
everybody went to hell."
Jesus encountered bonus
people: Matthew 22:1-14; Luke 14:16-24
There were no bonus people present on the day of Pentecost! Acts
Bonus people do not please Jesus at all! Revelation 3:14-16
Jesus has a remedy for bonus Christians, REPENT! Revelation 3:17-22
Are you willing to examine your life today, to see if you are a
bonus Christian? If you find that you are, are you willing to
REPENT, and ask God to help you to be changed? Hebrews 10:35-39
Be honest with
yourself! You cannot fool God or yourself!