Neither cave in nor panic.

Today’s (Sa 04/07/2015) Faithful Daily Readings are Ezekiel 35 and 1 Peter 2: 1-12

Some years ago when John Howard was Prime Minister and the threat of internal attack was possible Australians were warned to be on the look out for subversive activity and signs that people were planning to damage our internal society.  At this time the phrase Don’t be alarmed, be alert became the sales pitch of those seeking to have us watch for signs that subversive activity was occurring.

But this is not a new message in that both Bible passages today have aspects of this in them.

Ezekiel 35

Yesterday from Ezekiel 34 it was noted that  the promise of God to His children Israel was to be their Shepherd. Particularly verses 24 to 26.  Today we see God’s promise to Israel’s enemies that He will deal out His judgement on Edom. Particularly verses 13 and 14. Because of how they treated Israel, His sheep, and how this treatment reflected directly on our Almighty God.

1 Peter 2:1 – 12

Living after the resurrection of Jesus as we do, the situation is much different as to who is the corner stone of our faith and how we should live.  We, the whole church, have the possibility of being built into a spiritual house with Jesus as the cornerstone and with the same Almighty God as our father.

This is still God’s provision for His people, all of us.

But we are promised the opportunity through our faith in Jesus of maturing and being built into the people of God with Jesus as the cornerstone. (Read cornerstone as the single stone that holds the whole building together.)   Verses 9 and 10 put it very clearly:

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

 

Then these two following verses give us very clear instructions:

11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. 12 Live such good lives among the pagans[1] that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

As we face difficult times from our society that moves further away from principles, ideals and institutions that are based on God’s teachings these last two verses are an excellent summary reminder of our roles as God’s people.

A prayer – My Almighty Father, as I seek to follow you and model the principles of Christian living to all whom I come into contact with, continually remind me of the standards and behaviour you expect of me and my continuing responsibility to seek out and minister to all persons so that they may come to know you as the gracious loving God whose son died for each of us.  In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Glenn

 [1]  Taken to mean any who are not of Christian faith. (Macquarie Dictionary Online.)
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One thought on “Neither cave in nor panic.

  1. Thank you Glenn. Each one of us in the Body of Christ has a role to play, not just those who lead us. A royal priesthood reminds me of the priesthood of ALL believers. When we take our eyes off our leaders and onto Jesus we are better able to do the good work that God has created us to do. As each one does their part in building up the Body in the way that God has shaped and gifted each individual the load will be lightened of our leaders. We are fortunate that we are encouraged by our leaders to use our gifts to build up the Body. This doesn’t always mean that we will all know what each one of us is doing but over time we will see the fruit. Has anybody else noticed that at 10 there are a lot of new faces. Don’t forget to say hello to any new people this is not just the job of our leaders but each one of us has a responsibility to be kind and friendly to newcomers and actually make them feel welcomed into our fellowship. Introduce them to another member so that they will know a couple of faces the following week, if they return.

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