Consequences

How do you proclaim to others that they need to turn to God? (Malachi 2:6-7) When the prophet spoke of rebuke and judgment he was admonishing leaders who had become ungodly. This then emphasized the need to be in a right relationship of fidelity with God. This is a positional discussion that is taking place, where God says sin has dislocated us from God, therefore, his spiritual flow in our lives has been thwarted. Have you ever dislocated something? I have done it to a number of my fingers, making them crooked. When we dislocate a joint, we force the bone from its normal position. This painful injury temporarily deforms and immobilizes your joint. It will be unsteady and swell and as time advances we will be unable to move it. Some dislocations left untreated will cause strain or tears in the surrounding muscles, nerves, and tendons. Left untreated some will cause blood loss and even death to the tissue.

Our world is dislocated. God created it and every person in it to have a functioning role. These are the good things he has planned for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10) This is why having good godly leadership is so very important for the people of our world, for us, and for those not yet believers. When we walk in the way of righteousness, we provide a practical example of Jesus to people around us and we function correctly as righteous priests of God, on behalf of Jesus Christ. 

Malachi 2:6-7~True instruction was in his mouth, and no wrong was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and he turned many from iniquity. For the lips of a priest should guard knowledge, and people should seek instruction from his mouth, for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts. (ESV) God wants His priest to do the work of the ministry by living lives of integrity, listening to Him, and sharing His message of hope by proclaiming the truth. Paul writes we are to be examples to our world. 1 Corinthians 11:1~ Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. (NIV) Do you find those words difficult, feeling unworthy? Of course, we all do. 

That typically means we have a healthy fear of God in our lives. Whew, that takes a load off, doesn’t it? When we possess a healthy fear of God that is at work in us, we hear the Lord reminding us to be a righteous believer who walks out our faith daily in a sin-cursed and fallen world. Again, Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 4:16~Therefore I urge you to imitate me. (NIV) As you head out into the wide world about you today, live a life worthy of your calling in Christ. Be praying for our leaders and leading others to Jesus. Be a great example of Jesus Christ wherever you go.


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