Let Your Life Imitate Jesus

Scripture: Leviticus 18.  

OBSERVATION
(Key verses)

Leviticus 18:1-5 (NLT)

1 Then the LORD said to Moses, 2 “Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. I am the LORD your God. 3 So do not act like the people in Egypt, where you used to live, or like the people of Canaan, where I am taking you. You must not imitate their way of life. 4 You must obey all my regulations and be careful to obey my decrees, for I am the LORD your God.
5 If you obey my decrees and my regulations, you will find life through them. I am the LORD.

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my life today?)

I underlined a section of the verses above that really spoke to me. In evangelism training we are taught that when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we make a 180 degree turn from our old way of living to the new life in Christ. This concept is developed even further in these key verses, for God told Moses that He not only expected His people that He had rescued from Eqypt to discontinue their sinful lifestyles that they developed in Egypt, but He also did not expect them to imitate the lives of those in the new country in which He had led them. Instead they were to live in accordance with the laws and regulations taught to them during their time in the wilderness. Now let’s try and apply this to Christianity and see the similarity. When one surrenders themselves to Christ and decides that with God’s help they will give up their old lives of sin and live according to the Word of God, I believe that God and His church are all happy. Unfortunately when this new Christian plants themselves into a church, they often find a group of Christians that still struggle with giving up their old lives and therefore could become either an encourager to the new Christian or a bad example. I believe that Jesus desires that we strive to be like Him in every way, even if that sometimes lead to a lifestyle different to that of our non-Christian friends or our new-found Christian friends. I would encourage my friends that may read this to surrender your life to Jesus as your everlasting Lord and Savior, and to live a life dedicated to Him and in obedience to His Word. This may often lead to disagreeing with others around you, but keep your goal as one that will lead to eternal life in heaven with Jesus, and not in pleasing friends.

PRAYER
(What I will ask of God, in order for me to properly apply His Word to my life)

Lord, my desire is to one day be with You in glory with as few regrets as possible about my life here on earth. You have a design for my life here on earth, as detailed throughout Your Word. Please help me to daily align myself with Your desire for me while here on earth, and guide me to a life of holiness that represents You in every way.

 

**Words underlined may be a hyperlink to a song that God laid on my heart while sharing this devotional this morning. Click it and be blessed by the song, like I was when I listened to it! …… I would be overjoyed to have the opportunity to pray with you about a need in your life that may, or may not have been highlighted by this Nugget today. Why not drop me a note and tell me about it? You may email me at:
nuggetsfromgodsword@yahoo.com
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Author: Ed Algreen

One of God's kids expressing his understanding of God's Word and sharing how it is affecting his life! May those who read it be blessed, encouraged, and drawn closer to the Lord!

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