Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thursday, July 30th: Psalms 51-53, Acts 20:17-38 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Psalms 51-53; Acts 20:17-38

Psalm 51 is David's prayer of repentance after being convicted of the sin of adultery and murder.  It seems unthinkable that a genuine Christian would be capable of committing these serious sins, and yet it is.  A huge reminder that we always need to be vigilant about every part of our lives, to be on guard to all temptations, to remain humble and not think that we are above anyone else or incapable of certain sins.  David's remorse is clearly genuine and he reconciled his relationship with God.  However, he still had to bear tremendous consequences for his sin.  The fact that David committed major sins and was still able to be reconciled to God should not be seen as a license to sin.  Far from it!  It is a reminder of how serious the consequences to sin can be, and that it is never worth the cost.

Our Acts passage reminds us that salvation is not an easy thing.  Indeed, few take the narrow road and enter the small gate of salvation, and we are not promised an easy path once we do so.  Paul speaks passionately to the elders of the church because of this fact.

It is a hard thing for a church to be saved, and harder still to be saved in the next generation and the generation after that. Only men who know how hard it is for believers to be saved themselves and who are steeled to face the hard work of that salvation, are fit to be entrusted with the salvation of the church! The cultivation of our young men for the future leadership of the church, to be better, holier, wiser, tougher men than their fathers, is the first and most important step a church takes to ensure its long term spiritual life and Christian usefulness.

So take away two lessons: one for yourself personally -- it is hard thing to be saved, so you must not take your salvation for granted, but apply yourself diligently to it always -- and one for the church -- that she must have a leadership committed to Paul's view of the vulnerability of the church and capable of protecting it by their own fidelity and zeal for the house of God and the name of Christ.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Psalms 54-56; Acts 21:1-17


Nathan Reimer said...

It seems almost overwhelming when we think of what the next generation of church leaders has to deal with. I think of our own children when I think of the next generation. Our society is more openly rebelling against God, and making Christians out to be people who hate just because we don't accept the sinful choices now being presented as good. We need to pray for the next generation of Christian leaders daily, and help them grow and mature in any way we can.

Pamela said...

Words from a song I love to sing in our school's chapel:

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and [renew a right spirit within me] KJV

David was remorseful and that allowed God to show him mercy and forgiveness. It didn't mean that David was free from consequences but that restoration was possible after his sin.

I always think when I read "wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow." that David had to have known what snow looked like...would he have seen snow on a mountain top so untouched and white and pure?

I think it is easy to take salvation for granted. Even the story of David and Bathsheba shows how God can forgive even the most sinful deeds. May I be reminded of how expensive the cost of salvation was before I sin and not after.

Conrad said...

I wonder if Paul was as confident on the inside as he showed on the outside. He was determined to finish the race by going to Jerusalem not knowing what would happen to him.

To him, his life was worth nothing, and he knew the importance of spreading God's word to the unbelievers and to prepare the disciples to continue His good work for generations to come.