A Consuming Fire!

He reigns on high in majesty!  STOP AND CONSIDER!  We know in the bottom of our hearts who created us, whose children we are, but are we constantly aware of the fact that we are created for a purpose?  Each and every one of us has a specific reason for being on this earth at this time in history; a job only we were given to accomplish.  We have grown up, most of us, knowing that He loves us, but do we put a period at the end of that sentence or do we spend our very lives trying to determine just what specific purpose we were created for and then attempting to accomplish it.

You don’t have to answer that question for I am equally sure that you are no different than I am.  We go about our business from day to day with a list of things to accomplish, but if you look at that list you know, as do I, that they are things we choose, not things that the Father has chosen for us.  At this late date can we change?  Can we manage before the end of this existence to accomplish our purpose, the one we were ordained for from the very beginning of time.  My prayer this morning is that we will honestly, as we rise up for our day, consider what our Father might have on His list for us to do.

We can read In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God (John 1:1-2) and He was the One who suffered and died in order that we might have life.  Surely we owe Him some respect and obedience for His gift of life.  We may think the job is too hard for us to accomplish, but then we must remember that He has told us He will always be with us and we have known from our earliest days that two are often better than one when it comes to accomplishing a project.  Just what is our problem?

I have to believe it is just a matter of mindset; none of us want to be told by someone else just what we should be doing.  Maybe we have never let it sink in that we actually owe someone else for the very breath we breathe.  Whether you want to believe it or not we actually do have a debt that many of us are not even attempting to wipe out.  Even when Jesus was a boy and his parents were seeking Him, His reply was – Why did you seek Me?  Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business (Luke 2:49)?  And then Paul comes along and informs us that – I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to wise and to unwise (Romans 1:14).  Wow! That takes even more consideration; you mean I owe those I don’t like who don’t think the same way I think?

When Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sin He didn’t intend that we should justify our actions by the actions of others.  In fact, He told us saying – Therefore whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 7:12).  I hate to say it, but that puts a spin on things that I don’t even like to think about.  Who wants to forgive the terrorists we find in this world today who are doing unthinkable acts of violence to other people, even innocent children?  Surely Jesus didn’t mean for us to actually forgive those evil people.  I know even as this devotional gets harder to write that our Creator does actually require us to forgive these misguided individuals; not the sin, but the individual who knows no better.  Yes, there is a price to pay for our actions in this world, but the individual created by God can be forgiven by Him because the price has already been paid.  So what should we do?  We can and should pray for those who continue to do evil that they would receive and embrace the Father’s original intent for their creation.  Will it be hard; yes!!  But it will be the only way we can honor the One we know and love.  We must leave His actions to Him; it is His world we live in.

Our God is a consuming fire,
He reigns on high in majesty!

 

Kevin Harrison

WCBCS, 7459 S IH 35, Waco, TX, USA