Passage: Gen 6, NIV 84
Today: What God counts!
9 This is the account of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God. 10 Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth. 11 Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. 12 God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. (Gen 6, NIV 84)-emphasis added
In any generation and time, God will have a choice people, a remnant for himself. There will only be a minority, who take a stand- a stand for Christ
In general, majority of people in church belong to the lukewarm group- who “adjust” the spiritual and the worldly together. Then there is a minority that is fully worldly, who admit that they are not spiritual at all; and there is another minority-those who are really spiritual and committed
Among the people who did not enter Noah’s ark there could have been three groups: the group that said Noah was completely wrong; the group that said Noah could be right; and another group that wanted to get in the ark anyway but yielded to the pressure of others/relatives and chose not to enter
However, in the end, they all perished equally; there were only two groups of people: those who entered the ark, and those who didn’t!
The most pitiful situation is that of the lukewarm, the double-minded people!
7 That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does. (James 1, NIV 84)
15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. (Rev 3, NIV 84)
Unfortunately, the majority of people fall in the lukewarm category, who will not make it to God. God is committed to committed people only
God is committed to those who humble and admit their sins to God
Jesus once told the story of a pharisee and the tax collector; the pharisee justified himself, but the tax collector repented, and he was justified by God
13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ 14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 18, NIV 84)
Commitment, brokenness, repentance: God appreciates it; man may not!
The reason why many people do not confess their faults is because man might put them down; it is a matter of choice between the world and God
May this be a time when we check ourselves, our attitude
Blessings from God follows brokenness!
Have a blessed day!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me have the kind of attitude you expect: brokenness, commitment, humility and single-mindedness. Help me to confess my sins regardless of what it would cost me; I need forgiveness and blessing. Thank you Lord; Amen
A real vision of God leads to brokenness and a real blessing-for us and for others!