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August 17th, 2015

A Holy People Called to Represent a Holy God

“Hear the word that the LORD speaks to you, O house of Israel. Thus says the LORD: ‘Learn not the way of the nations, nor be dismayed at the signs of the heavens because the nations are dismayed at them, for the customs of the peoples are vanity.’” Jeremiah 10:1-3a (ESV)

The covenant people of God were called to transform the cultures around them, not be transformed by those cultures. Instead of representing God and His holiness to their neighboring nations, Israel chose to become consumed with their vain pursuits. They worshiped false gods and transgressed their covenant with the Lord. As a result, the Lord promised a reminder in the form of judgment.

We have the same calling as God’s new covenant people in Christ. We are called to proclaim the gospel and transform our culture, calling all people back to a right relationship with God. The same danger that entrapped the Israelites, however, still exists for us. We must be careful to not stumble into their vanity while trying to give them the gospel. Be sure you are the one transforming rather than being transformed.

In order to maintain your focus and abstain from the vain pursuits of man be sure you are walking in community with both the Lord and holy men. Spend time with the Lord so that you remember how He has delivered you and satisfied you in ways that the things this world offers never could. Further, have men and women around you who are pursuing the Lord in the same way so that if you are tempted, they can call you back into obedience.

The calling on our lives to represent God is of the utmost importance, because in representing Him we offer hope of fulfillment and purpose in Christ!

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Mobilization Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Monday, August 17th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Jeremiah, Transformation, Working for the Lord.
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August 17th, 2012

A Holy People Called to Represent a Holy God

“Hear the word that the LORD speaks to you, O house of Israel. Thus says the LORD: ‘Learn not the way of the nations, nor be dismayed at the signs of the heavens because the nations are dismayed at them, for the customs of the peoples are vanity.’” Jeremiah 10:1-3a (ESV)

The covenant people of God were called to transform the cultures around them, not be transformed by those cultures. Instead of representing God and His holiness to their neighboring nations, Israel chose to become consumed with their vain pursuits. They worshiped false gods and transgressed their covenant with the Lord. As a result, the Lord promised a reminder in the form of judgment.

We have the same calling as God’s new covenant people in Christ. We are called to proclaim the gospel and transform our culture, calling all people back to a right relationship with God. The same danger that entrapped the Israelites, however, still exists for us. We must be careful to not stumble into their vanity while trying to give them the gospel. Be sure you are the one transforming rather than being transformed.

In order to maintain your focus and abstain from the vain pursuits of man be sure you are walking in community with both the Lord and holy men. Spend time with the Lord so that you remember how He has delivered you and satisfied you in ways that the things this world offers never could. Further, have men and women around you who are pursuing the Lord in the same way so that if you are tempted, they can call you back into obedience.

The calling on our lives to represent God is of the utmost importance, because in representing Him we offer hope of fulfillment and purpose in Christ!

 Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 222: Jeremiah 10-13)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, August 17th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Jeremiah, Transformation, Working for the Lord.
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November 16th, 2007

Working for the Lord

“Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.” Eph 6:5-8 (NIV)

Where do you work? Now think about your workplace and rediscover your ultimate boss, Jesus. Therefore, you are working for Jesus. When you are working, in the workplace, for the Lord, what does that look like?

Snapshot #1: You willingly do what you are asked to do.

When your passion is to please Jesus, you will obey your earthly boss. Your obedience is not based on how your boss treats you; your obedience is based on pleasing your ultimate boss, Jesus.

Snapshot #2: Your attitude will be consistent with your actions.

Your beliefs determine your behavior. If you believe that Jesus is your ultimate boss and if you believe that you are truly working for him, then your actions at work will be consistent with your beliefs. Your actions will reflect the authenticity of your attitude. Do you have an attitude of gratitude, even at work?

Snapshot #3: Your actions are consistent when no one is watching.

Do you give your best when no one is looking? When the cat’s away do the mice still play, if they are Christian? You know that Jesus, your ultimate boss, is all-knowing and all-seeing. He is watching even when your earthly boss is not in visual contact. What you do when no one is watching is a clear indicator of your caliber of character.

Take a close look at each snapshot of a believer working for the Lord. Identify the snapshot that needs improvement in your life.  

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Pastor of Leadership and Pastoral Care

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, November 16th, 2007 at 1:00 am
Category Work, Working for the Lord.
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