Today’s Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 37:1-39:29, Ezekiel 32:1-16
Heavenly Father, one of the things I love about Your Word is the insight it gives me about Your character. You are the most amazing leader. You do it the right way—by setting an example for Your children to follow.
“So now, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will end the captivity of my people; I will have mercy on all Israel, for I jealously guard my holy reputation! —Ezekiel 39:25
You jealously guard Your holy reputation!
Lord, I know I have a reputation. I know it takes years to build and minutes to destroy but do I have a holy reputation?
Today’s Christians use the term “our testimony” to describe the example we live on this earth. Is our testimony our holy reputation?
Lord, many believers in today’s world, operate in a “live and let live” mode but Paul tells us that our example is what causes others to know You or turn away from You. Our example can cause another person to stumble.
So if what I eat causes another believer to sin, I will never eat meat again as long as I live—for I don’t want to cause another believer to stumble. —1 Corinthians 8:13
We need to guard our holy reputations just like You do because it’s Your holiness that causes people to know that You are the Lord their God (Ezekiel 39:27-29)
Causing someone to stumble in their relationship with You is serious business.
But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to have a large millstone tied around your neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea. —Matthew 18:6
Jesus, You came and set us free from the law and made a way for us to live a life of grace but we sometimes forget that just because we “can” do it doesn’t mean we “should” do it. We are accountable to You for our reputations. Help us to think twice and let everything we do be done for the glory of Your name and Your holy reputations!
In Your amazing Name. Amen and Amen!
©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
*Unless noted all scripture references are from the New Living Translation (NLT)
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 32:17-33:20, Jeremiah 52:28-30, Psalm 137, 1 Chronicles 4:24-5:17