March Pen 2018
We often sing about the “Wonderful Grace of Jesus” reaching the most defiled. That is what makes the Grace of God so wonderful; as far as salvation is concerned, there is absolutely nobody beyond the reach of God’s grace. Paul explains the acceptance of God’s grace in 1Cor, 6:9-11 ¶ Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
Where we sometimes get the wrong idea of God’s grace is in what God accepts of our service. The Old Testament Tabernacle was a place of beauty. David said during his preparations for the Temple that it would be, “Exceeding Magnifical”!Their observance of the Holy days, the Priests that lead their worship, and their sacrifices had very rigid requirements. On more than one occasion the results of not meeting those requirements were drastic.
Many times we are very careless about our worship of, and service to our Great God. That careless attitude brings reproach and scoffing upon God from those looking on from the outside. If our God is greater than theirs then He deserves the best.We seem to have the “used tea bag” idea that whatever we do should be good enough for God. Many times our praise is pitifully unpracticed, our faith is fleshly, and our work is worthless. God sent word to correct Israel’s worship by the prophet Malachi in chapter 1:7-8 Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible. And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the LORD of hosts.
God deserves our very best because He gave His very best for us.
Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts,
seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.