2008-10-31 - Living 24:7
After God spells out the law for his chosen people, Moses brings it before all the people. And it is here that we discover the second principle.
Exodus 24:7 - Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read in the hearing of the people. And they said, "All that the LORD has said we will do, and be obedient."
We are to read the Bible and obey it. Having a heart for God will lead us to choose to obey him. It is not enough to have a heart for God if you don't let it guide your actions as James reminds us in his epistle. "Do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says." (James 1:22)
I spent a handful of years living for the moment, trying everything that I thought would make me happy. My life was chaotic and unstable but obedience to God creates stability. In Matthew 7:24-25, Jesus says those who hear his words and obey build a house on solid rock that stands up to all life's storms. The house I built on fun and pleasure caved in on me when the storms hit and it hurt. Avoid that kind of pain by building house based on Jesus and on God's principles; build a house of obedience.
Have you heard of William Booth? He was the founder of the Salvation Army. Once, when William Booth was in his 80's, a man named J. Wilbur Chapman came to visit him. During that visit Chapman asked Booth for his secret to success. Here is Dr. Chapman's account of his answer. "He hesitated a second. And I saw the tears come into his eyes and steal down his cheeks. And then he said, 'I will tell you the secret. God has had all of me. There have been men with greater brains than I, men with greater opportunities; but from the day I got the poor of London on my heart, and a vision of what Jesus Christ could do with the poor of London, I made up my mind that He would have all of William Booth there was. And if there is anything of power in the Salvation Army today, it is because God has all the adoration of my heart, all the power of my will, and all the influence of my life.'" Dr. Chapman said he went away from that meeting with General Booth knowing "that the greatness of a man's power is the measure of his surrender."
Surrender your life in obedience to God. Ask God to give you a vision for what he can do through you and run with it. To gain your life you must lose it. To keep your life you must give it away.
Until next time...
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted