Google+ 05/06/13 Simply Acts of Obedience!!!

Romans 11:14-16

 

For I want somehow to make the people of Israel jealous of what you Gentiles have,

So I might save some of them.

For since their rejection meant that God offered salvation to the rest of the world,

Their acceptance will be even more wonderful. It will be life for those who were dead!

And since Abraham and the other patriarchs were holy, their descendants will also be holy—

Just as the entire batch of dough is holy because the portion given as an offering is holy.

For if the roots of the tree are holy, the branches will be, too. 

 

As we continue to celebrate and reflect on this Easter season, our Scripture today reminds us of several important things.  First of all, God's chosen people rejected Him.  How can that be?  God had repeatedly shown the Israelites who He was and what He would do for them.  God protected them and gave them everything they needed.  God made good on every promise and covenant.  When they had nothing to eat, God provided food.  When God's people were enslaved, He freed them.  Unfortunately, we like the Israelites, seem to be blinded easily.  We forget quickly all that God has done for us.  When things are going well, we tend to forget our historical past and how things used to be.  Moses led God's people out of slavery.  God protected them, and less than a month later, they were complaining to Moses and suggesting they should have never left Egypt!  I have seen numerous people "resurrected" by God through my ministry, only to see them turn their back on God in the name of being "too busy" to fellowship and serve Him.  So, not much has changed from the time that Paul was speaking to the Romans!  Our Scripture today tells us that God offered salvation to the Gentiles because the Jews rejected it.  Wow!  The greatest explanation to the Romans follows in the final part of our Scripture.  We will always have Holy Ancestors.  These saints have forged a relationship that we can take advantage of with God.  We can also turn our back on it.  The analogy is made that if the roots are Holy, then so will the branches be.  When the "branches" reject God , He simply prunes them away so that the life of the "tree" is not wasted on "dead wood" that refuses to live.  Yes, I said "refuses," as Satan can't hurt us if we, like Jesus, simply tell Satan to be gone.  We should be aware, in our daily life with God, that resurrection comes in many forms.  Jesus died on the cross for us so that we might live.  What we seem to ignore is that we have to live, daily!  "Living" for Christ means doing the things He and God commanded us to do.  These commands are not "once a week," but every day.  We should not stand and boast about all we have done for or given to God.  These things are to be "secrets" between us and God, and besides, they are nothing more than acts of obedience to our Father, from His ever-grateful children.  So today as you contemplate your life in Christ, ask some questions about your daily "resurrection."  Did you tell anyone about Jesus today?  Did you fellowship with those that claim Christ as their personal Savior today?  What opportunities for daily fellowship are being offered to you by your Local New Testament Church this week?  In worship yesterday, how many times was the message of your "resurrection" mentioned?  How many opportunities did you have, yesterday, to celebrate your salvation in worship?  If the answers to all of these questions are "none or maybe one," you might want to think about your worship experience and your life in Christ.  I want to celebrate what God has done in my life through resurrection and salvation, every day.  I don't want to be freed from the bonds of slavery to the world, only to find myself griping and complaining a month later, and wandering around in the wilderness with no plan of salvation or appreciation for my resurrection.  Today I will pray, as I always do, "God, thank you for my salvation and resurrection from the pit of darkness!"  We need to stop boasting and glorying ourselves, because everything we do for God in the world are "Simply Acts of Obedience!"