Sunday, March 15, 2020

Obedience isn't an Option

And it came to pass on the way, at the encampment, that the Lord met him and sought to kill him. Exodus 4:24 

Moses had just received one of the greatest commissions in history. He was to be God's instrument to deliver the nation of Israel and to guide it to the Promised Land. He was to lead them to become a kingdom of priests and a holy nation (Exod. 19:6). Yet Moses had not obeyed all of God's commands himself for he had never had his son circumcised. This was a long-standing command from God that Moses had ignored. God's response was to prepare to kill Moses. Here was one of history's greatest men about to be put to death before ever performing the task God had set before him. Moses could not expect to blatantly ignore a command of God and still be used mightily in His divine work. Had not Moses quickly responded in obedience, he would surely have lost his life. Moses learned that God makes no exceptions for holiness. When God sets forth a requirement of His people, He most certainly demands it of the leaders. God wanted to make Moses' life a highway of holiness through which He could bring redemption to millions of people. God had to make some significant adjustments in the life of Moses before He would use him to lead His people. Are you trying to serve God and yet ignore something He has told you to do? Are you living your life as if God does not notice your disobedience? Do you apply God's standards to yourself as rigorously as you apply them to others? - Blackaby Experiencing God Day by Day 

Friends, consider well the lessons of this devotional.  Read it carefully. 

We have had many generations of people who have been shown and taught that sin has varying degrees of acceptance. 

In God's eyes a single sin is enough to be sent to Hell.  One. We sin countless times a day!  A stray thought. A word. An action.

It only takes one.

But I am a good person!  I haven't hurt anyone!   Yes, you have.  You are born into sin. Nobody since Adam hasn't had sin impacting their life. The only exception is Christ Himself. 

You say you haven't hurt anyone.  What about Jesus?  Even a single sin hurts Him. 

Your life, when reviewed, will show every single thought, every single intention, every single thing you ever did. All of it. From everything to everything.  What you ate, how you ate, why you ate.  Even that.

My friend, take sin seriously.  God did to the point that it was necessary for Jesus to be born into this world, live as one of us, to die on a cross, to pay the penalty of sin for all mankind.  Then to raise up from the dead 3 days later, victorious over sin, death and the grave. Raised up as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  Providing the way for people to turn from death to life. From sin to righteousness.  

Moses became one of the greatest in Israel.  Yet as you read, he almost didn't. 

What is to become of you?  If indeed you are a Christian, what's your mission?  We all have one.  Sitting at home doing what we want isn't it. Going places all the time isn't it. You are part of the body of Christ. That means you have a mission that has to do with caring for and participating in the needs of that body.  Cells that do what they want in a body are called cancer. Or even bacteria or a virus.  They aren't there to help the body but will leach off of it for their own gain. 

Are you a believer? Are you washed in the blood of Jesus?  Are you part of the body of Christ?  Make sure you are doing what His mission for you is.  Read the parables of the kings and landowners. Each servant was given a task.  Those who did were rewarded.  Those who didn' it for yourself. 

Jesus could be returning any day now. 

I want to be found doing what He wants of me.  Do you? 

Living for you wants isn't it. 
Living to get your way isn't it.
Living as if you aren't a believer isn't it.

Only living for Jesus is it.

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