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 3:2 (NIVUK): “You only have I chosen of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your sins.”
This is an important study because it covers a biblical truth, which may not be that well understood – basically: “Living in and within God’s plans and purposes brings His benefits; living outside them brings us consequences.”
Selwyn, expands on this truth, in his conclusion: “The lesson is clear, now, as it was then. Great privilege involves great responsibility. Don’t mistake God’s special choice for special immunity. Please don’t presume on His grace and live carelessly.
Jesus summed up the matter in an equally sharp prophetic challenge to the Israel of His day: ‘From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked’ (Luke 12:48).”
God’s love and justice works together – we, His children, have been given much – and He demands ‘much’ from us. This is a reasonable position for God to take, don’t you agree?
We are told – ‘to go and sin no more’; that is to live holy lives which reflect our gradual transformation into the likeness of Jesus. No one who loves God keeps on sinning – that’s the truth!