Wednesday, June 26, 2013

We Readjust the Bodies' Work Load, Part 2

Scripture: Exodus 18:21-22

"Furthermore, you shall select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and you shall place these over them as leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens. "Let them judge the people at all times; and let it be that every major dispute they will bring to you, but every minor dispute they themselves will judge. So it will be easier for you, and they will bear the burden with you.

Insights:  The next two character traits of a qualified man to serve as a judge under Moses is again attributes that ought to be common among every believer in Jesus Christ.  The first trait today is integrity.  The way Moses actually wrote it was “men of truth”.  A person of truth is going to be a person of integrity.  Integrity is who you are when no one else is around watching you.  If you are willing to live a life in obedience to the Father when no one else is present, then you are one living a life of integrity.  If, on the other hand, when you are alone you jump into every sinful vice of which you can think, then you are not a person of integrity.  A person of integrity is going to be truthful no matter what it may cost him or her.  The second trait today is contempt for sin.  Moses wrote it this way, “Those who hate dishonest gain.”  He was specifically describing one who was willing to take a bribe in order for a ruling on a case to go a specific way.  The root issue at hand, however, is hatred toward sin.  Was the judge one who had sufficient hatred toward sin and a desire for righteousness that he could perform his service without bias?  The same is true for a Christ-follower today.  Beloved, we are to be men and women who faithfully pursue Jesus and desire Him to transform our lives through the purging process of sanctification.  The result of such work is hatred toward sin.  Let me wrap up yesterday and today.  As the Body of Christ, we need to make certain the work load is properly readjusted so that every member of the Body is performing the appropriate tasks based on their spiritual gift mix.  As believers who have been forgiven such a great sin debt we ought to have a proper fear of God because of His sovereignty.  With these two adjustments made we ought to be people of integrity who hate sin.  I pray these four attributes are true of your life. 

  1. Do you live a life of integrity?
  2. Do you hate sin like the Lord does?
Prayer: Father, I falter so often in these two areas.  Forgive my evil ways and transform me into one who does live life above reproach and has an intense hatred toward sin.  Purge my life from this evil.  Amen.

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