Sunday, January 17, 2016

Heads or Tails?

Deu 28:13  And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:
Deu 28:14  And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.
If the children of Israel keep the commandments and serve the LORD their God, not turning aside to other gods to serve them, then they will be the head and not the tail. Right standing with the LORD keeps you in an honored position. We can apply this to the Christian as well, in that as we love the LORD our God with all our heart and serve him. Our focus is on heavenly things, walking in his light. This keeps our heads out of the darkness of the world. Evil may call us evil and seek to put you down, but God is the truth and he says we are the head and not the tail. We have the word of life for a lost world.
This does not mean that we become proud and arrogant. Jesus taught us that we are to be servants of all. Jesus was above all, but humbled himself as a servant and a sacrifice for our sins. We are not to be like the proud who would be leaders of the world, seeking power and self glory. Jesus calls us to be servants.
Mat 20:25  But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.
Mat 20:26  But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
Mat 20:27  And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:
Mat 20:28  Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

Often a person who has broken the law will be given a sentence of so many hours of community service. To the world's people, this is a punishment, but to the people of the Lord it is an honor to serve with heads up. A shepherd of the LORD cares for the sheep, even as Jesus loved and cared for his sheep even dying for them. We are to protect and care for the sheep; the Lord's chosen family. Heads up people of God as we serve and obey the Lord.

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