God's Chosen People
By: Danny Wallace
There is no need in fooling ourselves. No one makes a fool of God. What we plant, we will harvest. The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others, harvests a crop of weeds. All he’ll have to show for his life is weeds. But the one who plants blessing, love, and forgiveness in response to God, letting God do all the work in, and through him, harvests a crop of real of eternal joy.
Christians should throw their minds in gear and live creatively. Instead of point at sin, if someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore them to a place of joy and peace, saving critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the sun sets on this day.
Instead of standing up, and speaking out against – Christians need to stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so bask in the glory of Christ. If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived.
Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of us must take responsibility for doing the creative best we can with our own life.
People who are attempting to force the ways of the Law on you have only one motive; they want an easy way to look good before others, lacking the courage to live by a faith that shares the sacrifice of Jesus for the sins of the entire world. All of their talk about the Law is gas. They, themselves, don’t keep any portion of the Law, for to be guilty of one part is to be guilty of all parts. They only want you subjected to the burden of Law so they can boast of their success in recruiting you to their side. God says this is contemptible.
Christians have nothing to boast about, other than the Cross of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Because of that Cross, all sinners have been crucified from the unworthy judgment of the Law. We are set free from the stifling atmosphere of pleasing others and fitting into the little patterns that they dictate.
The glory of freedom is not what you and I do. It is not found in whether we submit, or refuse to submit to the Law. It is what God is doing, and He is creating something totally new, a free life for all! Everyone who walks in the freedom of the New Covenant of Grace are the true Israel of God – His chosen people.