Daily Devotional – Wednesday, November 10, 2021
" 34 Think carefully about what is right, and stop sinning. For to your shame I say that some of you don’t know God at all.” (1 Corinthians 15:34, NLT)
God knows us completely, but how well do we know God? Too many Christians are so in name only—they’ve done time in church, given some money, even learned some verses—but beyond that their behaviour, thoughts and words more closely resemble that of people who don’t profess a relationship with God at all. Instead of treating their faith as a life-encompassing commitment, they assume that the scraps that they assign to God will suffice as some sort of exclusive membership card—and they’re in! But the Bible is clear, “7 Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. 8 Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit” (Galatians 6:7-8). But how do we attempt to mock God and His justice?
We do so when we ignore, deny and condemn God’s truth. The Corinthians denied the resurrection and Paul asked them, if the resurrection wasn’t real, why espouse to have faith at all? If it’s too unbelievable that there is life after this one, then we deny the truth of Jesus’ resurrection and our faith in Him is nothing but a lie.
We mock God when we create Him in our own image, when we assume that our version of right from wrong is correct, even when it contradicts what He has clearly told us in His word. Do we disregard portions of God’s instructions because we just don’t like them, putting more stock in our own feelings, thoughts and experiences? Do we assume that God must necessarily think the same way we do? If so, then we are walking on dangerous territory.
We mock God when we give Him the bare minimum—allowing ourselves to be ‘inconvenienced’ momentarily to prove just how very loyal we are—yet ignore the fact that as Christ’s followers we are to become more like Him continually. People who come to know us for any length of time should know us as kind, compassionate and generous. It’s not that we won’t make mistakes, but we will feel shame at having disappointed God and will seek to be diligent once again in our walk after we repent of the messes we make.
We mock God when our work for Him is nothing more than a sham and an attempt to get the applause of others, rather than having the credit going back to God. God will not share His glory. If we’re seeking the limelight through our involvement in ministry, and yet withhold performing the daily acts of ‘hidden’ kindnesses we are called to participate in—giving a cup of water, visiting a prisoner, providing shelter to the homeless, or clothing to someone in need when it is within our power to do so—we may end up paying for our inaction with our very lives…our spiritual eternal lives.
Jesus made His position crystal clear: “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. 22 On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ 23 But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws’” (Matthew 7:21-23).
First licensed for pastoral ministry in 1994, Pastor Jane Peck has served in camp and church ministries in three denominations, five provinces and in a variety of roles. Her most recent position is that of Pastor at Hope Chapel which she began in 2020. She is excited to see what God can and will do in the days to come!