Why read His Word daily? To remember who we were before Christ and whose we are after meeting Christ.
17 Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the LORD. 18 There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.
Let’s look at our salvation experience: Our first indication that something is wrong and needs to be fixed is when we hear that Jesus died for our sins. Two things are created in our hearts. One is the fact that we do not meet God’s standard of holiness. The second is that Christ made a way for us to meet that standard. If we believe that these two things are true, then we are well on our way to being saved.
The next thing we find is that our salvation is much more than simply saying some words and getting fire insurance; it’s giving our entire lives over to God. What do we get out the deal?
- We get security. We KNOW that we have eternal life in Jesus Christ. It’s His promise to us.
- We get a relationship. For salvation to happen, the Holy Spirit must enter our hearts and do a mighty work. He fills us up, cleans us up, dresses us up with the robe of Christ’s righteousness, gives us the ring and sandals of sonship (girls, too!), and signs adoption papers that can NEVER be rescinded.
- We get leadership. The reason for salvation was to put us back into fellowship with the Father. He has plans for us and a job for us to do. He has an entire life of holiness to learn, and a habit of follow-ship to set.
Why are we going over “old ground” again? Because we forget why we were saved and begin to live our lives as if we are not saved, which defeats the purpose of being saved.
19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. 20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin. Romans 3:19-20
God created a perfect world. We had complete fellowship with the Father through Adam and Eve. When they rebelled, we rebelled through them. How do we know that we rebelled through them? It’s simple, really. Let’s look at God’s primer to righteousness and see how we do (Exodus 20: 3-17):
- You shall have no other gods before Me. Do we have other gods before God? All the time! Whether it’s pleasure, avarice or indulgence, pride or fear, we all serve at the feet of other gods.
- You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth below or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them… We all have things in our lives that we serve. We were created to serve and we do it well–just to the wrong things!
- You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God… Again, we all are guilty of using the LORD’s name in ways that it was never intended, if not as a cuss word, then flippantly and without its special association. If we are not addressing Him, then it’s being misused.
- Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. We Gentiles don’t have a clue as to how to keep this verse. We don’t have a reference point.
- Honor your father and your mother… Ever disobeyed your parents? Me, too.
- You shall not murder. Ever hated anyone and/or want him dead?
- You shall not commit adultery. Ever “done it” in your mind?
- You shall not steal. Ever taken something without permission?
- You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor [lie]. Ever lied?
- You shall not covet your neighbor’s house…his wife…his stuff. Ever considered how to get something that was someone else’s?
What we have to realize is that sinning doesn’t actually make us sinners; we sin BECAUSE we are sinners. The Ten Commandments simply bear out this fact. “We become conscious of sin.” It’s the next part in the chapter that thrills our souls:
21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify [we learn it in His Word]. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
It is through Jesus Christ that we received redemption from our sinful state. He has placed us in His family. He has made His home in us through the Holy Spirit. We are no longer who we were before we met Christ. May we “always be zealous” as we walk with the LORD daily.
Abba, thank You for rescuing me! Thank You for coming to me and inviting me to be Yours. You initiated and I responded. May I continue to trade my life for Your life, my will for Your will, my desires for Your desires, and my strength for Your strength. I look forward to all You have in store for me today. Let’s go! Amen.