MONDAY 2ND OCTOBER, 2017 READ – DAY: Phil 3; Night: Isaiah 38-40
THEME: CALLED TO BE DIFFERENT
TEXT: 2 CORINTHIANS 6:14-15
HYMN: EMHB 393 – I give my heart to Thee.
The world of decency and indecency, good and bad are two different worlds. They are quite apart if the differences are classified. No parent will take joy in being named the father of a thief or a murderer. This is because the act is completely bad and is abhorred by society. Judas Iscariot, the disciple of Jesus, kept the purse of the 12 disciples of Jesus before his fall from grace, but as soon as he became treacherous his name was associated with the betrayal of Jesus Christ. Nobody wants to be so called today.
Out text clearly emphasizes that believers are not the same as the unbelievers. We are not to join them in their activities because their ways are evil. Psalm 36:1 says, “Deep in the hearts of the wicked a voice tells them to do wrong”. They have no respect for God.
In fact, the believer has nothing in common to share with an unbeliever. And since the believer is the temple of the living God, he/she must work harder to protect and preserve and make himself /herself fit for The Master’s use.
Therefore, we must, according to verse 17 of our text, “Come away from those people and be separated from them, but onto God”. And this can only be possible if we:
- Consider ourselves as children of God (verse 18).
- Bear the fruit of the Spirit: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Gal. 5:22-23).
MEMORY VERSE: 2 Cor. 6:17 “So come away from those people and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord. Don’t touch anything that is not clean, and I will accept you”.
PRAYER: Lord, the decision to be separated to You is mine but the grace to stay connected to You is Yours to give. Therefore, Gracious Lord, help all that are Yours to constantly remain in You in Jesus Christ name. Amen.