“I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because Abraham obeyed me and kept my requirements, my commands, my decrees, and my laws.” (Genesis26:4-5)
God created His people to be a blessing for others. The evangelistic call has always been central to the identify of God’s people. Through Abraham’s seed came the promised Savior, Jesus Christ. He lived out Israel’s calling. In Him all the nations shall be blessed. Blessing is a result of salvation and obedience to God’s commands.
Biblical ethics is founded in a covenant relationship God initiated with His people. He promises salvation and expects obedience. The faithfulness of one generation leads to the renewal of the covenant with the next.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You call all of your creation to evangelize, using the salvation message to all peoples. Not all answer that call, but Your response to those who place their trust and faith in You, are expected to be obedient to Your commands. You ask us simply to do what it we have already agreed to do, and He will bless us. Let our words be Your words and let us reach out to others in the same loving way that you reached out to us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Be not simply good—-simply be good for something!”
“Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.” (1st Peter2:12)
The power of a holy life speaks for itself, for it speaks of God. To witness from any other perspective than a dedicated life puts the lie to our words. We must live as well as speak. The the lost work can cling to no excuse for refusing God and His salvation. Beloved, obedience to God’s moral imperatives is a strong witness to unbelievers.
“We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, ‘I know him,’ but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him. Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.” (1st John2:3-6)
God’s love is made complete in the life of the one who obeys God’s commands. The life of the obedient disciple becomes a channel for God to express His redemptive love for others. If we do not obey God’s commands, we can hardly have confidence we know God through faith in Christ Jesus. In fact, John says bluntly that the person who claims to know God but does not obey His commands is making a false claim. Obedience gives assurance of salvation. Disciples seek to live like Jesus did, and the love they glow with in their day to day living is one of the best examples of a true true relationship.
SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:
“Then the dragon (Satan) was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring—-those who obey God’s commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus. And the dragon (Satan) stood on the shore of the sea.” (Revelation12:17)
In the face of the coming end of history, God’s people are called to a new commitment to obedience, for only the obedient will be able to stand against the evil dragon.
Those who stand for Christ and bear a strong testimony will be persecuted; yet, the Lord promises victory to His faithful witnesses.