‘…Then you will receive praise, honour and renown’ Deuteronomy 26:19 NLT
Imagine how honoured you would feel if a president or prime minister decided to visit you and spend the night at your house. You wouldn’t leave dirty dishes piled up in the sink, clothes strewn across the floor and a ring around the bathtub. No, you’d give the place a radical makeover! And you wouldn’t make them sleep in the garage, the box room or the attic; you’d vacate the master bedroom and give it to them. Your goal would be to honour them in every way because their presence had honoured you. Now read this: ‘You have declared today that the Lord is your God. And you have promised to walk in His ways, and…do everything He tells you. The Lord has declared today that you are His people, His own special treasure, just as He promised, and that you must obey all His commands. And if you do, He will set you high above all the other nations He has made. Then you will receive praise, honour, and renown…’ (Deuteronomy 26:17-19 NLT) Let’s take this a step further. When Old Testament priests entered the ministry they went through a rite called ‘consecration’. From that moment on they belonged exclusively to God and were committed to obey Him in all things. You say, ‘What does any of this have to do with me?’ A lot: if you want God to use you, to honour and promote you, you can’t marginalise or compartmentalise Him. You must commit yourself to doing His will! And that includes your time, your talent, your treasure, your body, your mind, your spirit, and your all. God wants ‘total commitment’.
SoulFood: Zech 12-14, John 2:12-25, Ps 110, Pr 23:6-9
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2012