God’s Word Says….
Job 27:2-6 (NCV)
2 “As surely as God lives, who has taken away my rights, the Almighty, who has made me unhappy, 3 as long as I am alive and God’s breath of life is in my nose, 4 my lips will not speak evil, and my tongue will not tell a lie. 5 I will never agree you are right; until I die, I will never stop saying I am innocent. 6 I will insist that I am right; I will not back down. My conscience will never bother me.
If only we would have the determination of Job! After all he had been through, and even after being upset with God for allowing so much to happen to him, yet in verses 4-6 he proclaimed that he would never turn his back on God. He was so sure of himself that he said, hey, my conscience will never bother me – not even before God who knows all things. What a bold statement! Can we begin to imagine that type of loyalty, and how that type of determination and persistence could have a major impact on our churches? Imagine the members who might say that no matter what may come our way, our minds are made up and we will not falter? Wow, if our churches were made up of only 10% of men with that type determination, I can hardly imagine the impact the ministry of that church would have on our community. It is so unfortunate that anytime we hear reference to a church, we hear about the beautiful building, or the great pastor (orator), or the food ministry or possibly its effective Bible teaching, but how often do we hear someone actually refer to the ‘church’ itself? In other words, the ‘church’ is its members and attendees, so how often do we hear “oh do you mean that church located at ???? where so many of its members are filled with God’s Holy Spirit and its ministry is so impactful that you feel God working on you as you enter the church doors?” Unfortunately we tend to hear more of the opposite – “you mean that church with all those hypocrites?”
While I would never want us to undergo the temptations and trials that Job went through, I sure wish that we had the bold determination to live as God’s child right until the end of our lives, regardless of life’s circumstances! How is it with you friend? Can you identify with Job? Would you commit to live your life determined to represent God in all walks of life and through every circumstance of life before Christians and those who have no knowledge of God? I believe that we will see our world change when they see a changed church – people that really represent God at all times and in every circumstance of life. You alone can do this, and you can only change yourself. Don’t worry about the Brother next to you, although pray for him. Leave that Sister alone with her sinful actions, get yourself in order and let your life for Christ impact her. Get yourself in order, and pray consistently and persistently for others.
Lord, I plead with you to help me be so determined in my walk that I would have the kind of clear conscience that Job spoke about in verse 6! Lord, I believe this could have a serious impact on our churches, if only we could be the type of persistent Christian that Job was. Please deal in my heart as I may tend to waiver from that, and please work on the hearts and lives of those that claim You as their Lord. May we commit to serve You, in spite of our circumstances. For I ask all this in Your precious and holy name, Lord Jesus, AMEN!
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