Today you should read: Deuteronomy 4:1-14
What a powerful call to God’s people we see in this passage! Moses is urging God’s people to obey and follow every single command God had given them. He tells them about the benefits of obeying and the consequences for not obeying. The part that really seemed to jump out at me was verses 6-8. Moses tells the people to obey God’s commands completely in order to display wisdom and intelligence to the surrounding people. He tells them that those people will see them as prudent and close to their God. I think we can certainly take home this lesson from that call:
The level of our obedience shows others the level of our allegiance and love to our God
When people see or hear of us cutting corners or fudging the line of our obedience to God in order to satisfy our own desires they begin to truly see where our loyalty and love are for our God. If we obey God 100% of the time then people will see us as being 100% genuine and real and serious about our faith. If we are anything less than 100% then people will see us as dishonest, hypocritical, and we will be used as fuel for those who oppose God. I can’t count how many times I have heard anti-Christian messages about the crusades (a war fought in God’s name that God never signed off on and had nothing to do with or His plan). Those people and that act of disobedience has caused lots of people over the years to say, “see, they preach love but they kill in God’s name.” In fact, just the other day I had an old high school classmate post over social media that “there had never been a war fought in the name of satan, only in the name of God.” Now, the crusades are an extreme but we, too, can easily say or do or not say or do things that cause those around us to say, “see, Christians are hypocrites” or “If Christians are like this I don’t want any part of it”. We aren’t perfect but we have to own our mistakes and be careful with guarding how we live and speak. We are the reflection of Jesus to a lost world.
Posted by:Robbie Byrd