Today’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 27:1 through Leviticus 27:34; Numbers 1:1 through Numbers 1:54
As we approach the final chapter of Leviticus, the book filled with the laws of holiness, we see a warning against making vows to God and not keeping them. This is an important lesson for today’s world; letting your “yes be yes” and your “no be no” is a rarity in the 21st century. This wasn’t just an Old Testament concept. Here’s the Apostle Paul’s take on being a person of your word:
2 Corinthians 1:19-21 (Read this out loud. It’s powerful!)
For Jesus Christ, the Son of God, does not waver between “Yes” and “No.” He is the one whom Silas, Timothy, and I preached to you, and as God’s ultimate “Yes,” he always does what he says. For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory. It is God who enables us, along with you, to stand firm for Christ.
Isn’t that an amazing scripture?
One of the problems we have with making promises is not counting the costs. I have always thought I could do more that I really could. I can’t tell you how many nights I have sacrificed sleep to honor a commitment, because I didn’t count the costs. Pastor Phil, the senior Pastor at Niceville Assembly said something in a leadership class a few years ago that I have not forgotten. “There are a lot of things we can do but the question is should we do it.” Jesus had words of wisdom for us on counting the costs.
But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it? Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you. They would say, ‘There’s the person who started that building and couldn’t afford to finish it!’ –Luke 14:28-30
If you’ve made a commitment, follow through. Do it with excellence. You’re doing it unto God and other people are watching. Your life is a testimony, be a person of your word.
Heavenly Father, help us to taking our commitments seriously. We want to honor You in everything we do.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!
©2013, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 2:1 through Numbers 3:51