I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
No one wants to be the recipient of broken promises or empty words. We pull away from people who cannot be trusted; whereas, we respect and admire people who keep their word. In the parable of the good soil, Jesus warns against treating God’s Word as empty (Matthew 13:1-23). We do this when we hold the Bible at arm’s length, reading it but never allowing the words to sink in or change us. While we may not say it aloud, our self-sufficient and fear-based actions reveal our lack of trust in His promises.
The words that matter to us are the words that transform us. We easily discard the words of a stranger but carefully consider the words of a wise friend. Does God’s Word have a place of priority in our lives? As we rest in the security of Christ’s affection for us, His love will overflow from our lives into the lives of others. We will allow His Word to transform and direct us.
A Single Thought: If you know that God loves you, don’t question the direction He takes you.
Ezra 8 – 10