Courtesy & Respect

Courtesy & Respect

Leviticus 24:22“You are to have the same law for the alien and the native born.” (NIV 1978)

My Musing – Just because we are saved, we should not look down on those who are not. Sometimes we may be driving the unsaved further away from the kingdom by the way we treat them. This should not be.

My Advice – Treat all people with the same respect and courtesy that you would a fellow Christian. Our lives need to be something that non-believers find attractive rather than offensive.

Right Thing, Right Way, Right Reason

Right Thing, Right Way, Right Reason

Leviticus 19:5When you sacrifice a fellowship offering to the Lord, sacrifice it in such a way that it will be accepted on your behalf.  (NIV 1978)

My Musing – We know that the world is full of people who do the wrong thing. There are also many who may be doing the right thing, but in the wrong way or with the wrong intent. This may be just as bad as doing the wrong thing.

My Advice – It is not enough to do the right thing. Do it the right way and with the right motive. But never use this as an excuse, however, to do the wrong thing (or to not do the right thing).

Be Different

Be Different

Leviticus 18:3 – “You must not so as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices.” (NIV 1978)

My Musing – Just because we live in a fallen world, and just because there is evil all around us, does not mean we have to be like those around us.

My Advice – No matter where God takes you in life to work and live, you are likely to find things that are inconsistent with God’s laws. Do not follow the crowd. As a child of God, you are called to be different from the crowd. You may be ridiculed and made fun of, but it will all be worthwhile to hear God say “well done.”

Grow In Holiness

Grow In Holiness

Leviticus 11:44“I am the Lord your God, consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am Holy.” (NIV 1978)

My Musing – We cannot be holy in the absolute sense that God is. But we should make every effort to develop in holiness as we grow in Christ.

My Advice – You were saved by grace. That secured your salvation and made you a son of God. That is your position which cannot change. Now, be an imitator of God and of His holiness, as you grow in the faith. This is your character, which develops over time.

Honoring God

Honoring God

Leviticus 10:3“Among those who approach me I will show myself holy; in the sight of the people I will be honored.” (NIV 1978)

My Musing – Even though we are sons and daughters and even though we have Jesus as an intercessor we should respect and honor God.

My Advice – Do not be so casual with God that you dishonor Him. Do not take Him for granted. While we can boldly approach His “throne of grace,” we should still be respectful and consider His holiness.

Make A Difference

Make A Difference

Leviticus 5:1If a person sins because he does not speak up when he hears a public charge to testify regarding something he has seen or learned about, he will be held responsible. (NIV 1978)

My Musing – We are responsible not only for our actions, but also our inaction. For the things we should do but do not do. We may not always be able to make a difference, but that is not the point. We certainly cannot make a difference if we do not try.

My Advice – Be involved. Make a difference when you can, and at least try even if it is unlikely that your efforts will make a difference. You are not responsible for making a difference, but you are for trying to make a difference.

Give Willingly

Give Willingly

Exodus 35:21And everyone who was willing and whose heart moved him came and brought an offering to the Lord. (NIV 1978)

My Musing – We should give willingly as we are moved by God to do so. Sometimes we are moved but we give grudgingly or guiltily. Or we give when God is not moving us to give. Both need to be present.

My Advice – Be careful of the cause that you give your time, talent and money to. It may not be a cause that God is calling you to. But when He does call you, make sure you give willingly. Otherwise it is an empty and worthless gesture.