from Lynda Lindsey
Whoever is not with Me is against Me, and whoever does not gather with Me scatters. Luke 11:23
On bringing the first fruits of the harvest to God: And you shall rejoice in all the good that the Lord your God has given to you and to your house…
…Be careful to do them with all your heart and with all your soul. You have declared today that the Lord is your God, and that you will walk in His ways, and keep His statutes and His commandments and His rules, and will obey His voice. Deuteronomy 26:16(b)-17
We are God’s treasured possession, a people set apart and made holy to the Lord our God; we are called to walk carefully in all His ways, to obey His commands and rules, and to listen to and obey His Word. We are to be especially mindful to love and honor God with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength. Our wholehearted obedience to God demonstrates the reality of our professed love. There’s no allowance for God’s people to choose neutral, halfhearted, foot-dragging, maybe-I-will-maybe-I-won’t love and serve God; it’s all-out, total commitment.
Just as God gave the Promised Land to the Israelites, a land overflowing with goodness, so God gives us richness and fullness of life. We receive abundantly from God’s generous bounty: forgiveness and salvation, eternal life and security, protection and deliverance, guidance and direction, help and care. The laws God established are for the preservation and protection of the poor, the needy, the downtrodden and the most vulnerable. How can we then do any less than honor God with our obedience, an obedience rendered from a heart spilling over with praise and thanksgiving?
Those who hear, believe by faith, and trust and obey are saved and blessed; Jesus even calls us friends. God plucked us out of enemy territory and placed us in His kingdom, under His rule and reign. Remain diligent; don’t turn back. Decide to worship God joyously and thankfully for all His goodness and kindness. Decide to be with Jesus, on His side, for His cause, to gather with Him and not scatter. The harvest? Plentiful. Laborers? Few. Abhor neutrality. Press forward lest our last state be worse than the first. Turn back after tasting the Lord’s goodness? Let it not be!