Lessons for Living Today:
We are a gift-giving people. Is God on our friends list? The giver of life itself deserves something from us in return. Think how grateful a person is to someone who saves their life—say from drowning. They can’t do or say enough good about their lifesaver. Wouldn’t you think that the One who gave life in the first place deserves even more from us! But what could we possibly give the God that created the universe and all that is in it? In the Old Testament God instructed the people to bring him sacrifices to be burned on the altar. That was a pleasing fragrance to God.
Not only did God give us life but Jesus sacrificed His life for us. Is there anything we can sacrifice that would come close to showing our appreciation? Yes, there is! I Samuel says “To obey is better than sacrifice.” A sacrifice is given when there is no other way to make up for our wrong-doing. But to obey negates the need for a sacrifice. Obey? That sounds like slave talk! As I come to know God and His Word I see the great love He has for humanity and I want to please Him by following His directions. I want to obey!
What happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified. Galatians 5:22-24
God’s Question: Will you direct your energies wisely?
God’s Promise: My love never quits!
My Prayer to God:
I praise You for the privilege of obeying You.
I am sorry I don’t always obey as You desire.
Thank You for forgiving my blunders.
Help me to eagerly forgive the blunders of others.