Today we declare that we will follow God and receive his love as God’s treasured possession. Our status and stature is with God. Our honour is in the heavens. The world’s acceptance of followers of Jesus is not ours to desire. it is fleeting and temporal…
16 The Lord your God commands you this day to follow these decrees and laws; carefully observe them with all your heart and with all your soul. 17 You have declared this day that the Lord is your God and that you will walk in obedience to him, that you will keep his decrees, commands and laws—that you will listen to him.
18 And the Lord has declared this day that you are his people, his treasured possession as he promised, and that you are to keep all his commands. 19 He has declared that he will set you in praise, fame and honor high above all the nations he has made and that you will be a people holy to the Lord your God, as he promised.
I almost cut the passage off at verse 18. I was reticent to present God’s promise to set his people in praise, fame, and honor above all nations. Why? Because that is a promise for Israel which I do not see for Christians. We always must be careful to not claim the promises of Israel which are not ours.
Yes, Paul teaches us that Christians become part of the spiritual Israel (Galatians 6:16, Romans 9:6-8). We are grafted in by grace. Yet in this example, Christians are promised by Jesus that we will be persecuted and will have trouble in this world. Our honour above nations is not reflective of God’s words through Moses…
So where are we left? We are God’s people. We are to make this same commitment which Israel makes to observe God’s laws and follow him with all heart and soul. We are to declare that he is our God and that we will walk with him… that we will listen to him.
And God has declared, even today, that we are his treasured possession. We are set apart as a people holy unto God. Our honour may indeed be above all nations, yet our status and stature is with God. If we receive any acknowledgement or honour from the world as followers of Jesus we ought not cling to it. We ought not esteem it.
Worldly acceptance of the Way of Jesus is fleeting and temporal. Too often, the world’s acceptance means we are agreeing with the ways of the world and should make us ponder our alignment with the ways of God.
What will you declare today? Will you serve the God who makes you his own? Will you serve the God who values you as his treasure?
He loves us more than we can understand…