To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
July/August 2016 Issue – Seek Me and Live, ‘let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream’ Amos 5:24
The text set for today’s reading and meditation (the key verse is highlighted):
Amos 2:7-8 (NIVUK): ”They trample on the heads of the poor as on the dust of the ground and deny justice to the oppressed. Father and son use the same girl and so profane my holy name.
They lie down beside every altar on garments taken in pledge. In the house of their god they drink wine taken as fines.”
I liked these points made by Selwyn: “As far as God is concerned, morality is one and indivisible. What a person is in private he or she is likely to be in public life.”
In his conclusion, he writes: “By choosing Israel to be His showpiece nation, God put His reputation on the line. Such behaviour as Amos now exposes drags God’s good name into disrepute. … No wonder Jesus made it first priority for His disciples to pray that God’s name would again be hallowed in Israel. Nothing matters more to God (and to us) than the honour of His name.”
I leave you with this thought; how you honour Jesus in your private life will be evident to others in your public life. It’s now common in some quarters for God’s holy name to be habitually profaned. Perhaps, the way we speak about God is a good indicator of the strength of our love for Him – do you agree?