Posted On January 10, 2014

Forget About It!

by | Jan 10, 2014 | The Gospel and the Christian Life

scold_child“As I live, declares the Lord God…“What is in your mind shall never happen—the thought, ‘Let us be like the nations, like the tribes of the countries, and worship wood and stone.’” ~ Ezekiel 20:32
As I read through this piece of Scripture, I was reminded of something one of my daughters said to me when she was a young teenager and got caught for something she shouldn’t have done, she sobbed, “Dad, all I want is to be a normal teenager and do things like everyone else!” I calmly stated, “But honey, you’re a believer in Christ, you can never be like the world; God will always hold you accountable.”
Without delving into Hebrews 12 yet, and how God “spanks” his children, it is first important for Christians to understand that wanting to be like the world is not a new thing. God’s covenant people, the Israelites, did the same thing. Upon their pronouncement of judgment, God made this point very clear—“Get the thought out of your head—it will never happen!”
Why? Before we look at this, have you ever been the person who always got caught, when your friends didn’t? Maybe you were the guy or girl that when you were late, you got punished, but your friends did not. Or you were the person who was only along for the ride and decided not to do what your friends did, yet still, you got in trouble for it and they did not. Sound familiar?
It should, because God holds us to a higher standard. The meaning of sanctified is to be ‘set apart’ in relation to holiness, with a purpose. When we surrender our lives to Christ, this means that we are no longer under the bondage of sin, but free; however, we are also then—owned—yes, owned by Christ. So then, as our Lord and Master, He will not allow us to walk contrary to His name, or the purpose for which He has for us. When we do—you guessed it—that is when the “spanking” comes in.
Now comes Hebrews 12:5-7L
“And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?
“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
nor be weary when reproved by him.
 For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and chastises every son whom he receives.”
It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons.”
But do not mistake God for some capricious God in the sky waiting to catch you. To the contrary, His love for you is so strong that He does not want you connected with sin and the world, but connected to Him and His amazing mercy and grace. For this reason, nothing can separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus (Rom. 8:36-39). So, when God says (Fuggedaboutit-NY slang), “No way,” what He is really saying is, “I love you.”
Rest in that my friends; God loves you so much that He counts you separated from the world, but knows you live in the world. God will not allow you to walk away that easy. His love is too strong.

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