The People of God

April 19, 2015

                                         The People Of God

It always has been, and forever will be, the desire of God to have what he can call his people.  We see that in the Old Testament in Leviticus 26:11-12.  “And I will set my tabernacle among you: and my soul shall not abhor you.    And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.” In the New Testament we find it in II Corinthians 6:16.  “And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”

We come into a close relationship with God when we become one of his children.  John 1:12 says we are his sons if we have received Christ as our Savior.  “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”  What an honor it is to be a child of God.  We should never take it lightly.

It is possible to be part of a family and have a distant relationship with them.  It is unfortunate when that is the case.  It is nearly always because of sin.  In the same way, it is possible to have a distant relationship with God.  If you are saved you will always be a child of God, but you may not have the relationship with him that you should.  If so, it’s because of sin on your part.

Because of Jesus sacrifice on the cross we can be reconciled with God. Our relationship with him can be restored to what it should be.  I John 1:9 tells us what we need to do to restore our relationship with him.  “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

God wants his people to have a close relationship with him.  That way he can communicate with them.  He does that by means of the Holy Spirit who dwells in every believer.  He wants to warn us when we are tempted to do something displeasing to him, and detrimental to us.  He also wants to tell us what we should do.  In John 14:15 Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” He wants us to serve him because we love him.

The following are some verses that tell us what God wants his people to be to him:

Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me” (Isaiah 43:10).  God’s witnesses are to communicate his message to the world.  How will they hear if God’s people don’t tell them?  We have a message the world need to hear.

“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men” (Matthew 5:13).  When he says we are the salt of the earth, it speaks of the influence we have over those around us.  If we live the Christian life as we should, those around us will see that it is possible to be an obedient Christian and have joy and peace.  The farther people get from God, the more social unrest there is.  There is pleasure in sin for a season, but afterwards there is a harvest of grief and shame.

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid” (Matthew 5:14).  The light is to help people find their way.  Psalm 119:139 says, “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.”  We need to share the Word of God to people in darkness.

“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” (John 15:5).  Branches of the vine bear fruit.  God want us to be fruitful.  Galatians 5:22-23 makes mention of some of the fruit God wants to produce by means of his people. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,   meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

“Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.” (II Corinthians 5:20).   God wants his people to be his ambassadors.  He wants to use his people to make reconciliation between him and the lost.  Their message is to be what it says in Romans 5:10.  “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”

God doesn’t just want to have a people.  He wants to have a people who are profitable to him.  God promises his rewards to those who obey him.  I Corinthians 3:8 says “Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.”

It is very probable that many of God’s people will be greatly disappointed when it comes time for them to receive their rewards.  They have spent the major part of their life just enjoying all the benefits that are ours by virtue of the fact that we are God’s people.  They have been recipients more than participants in God’s work.  All God’s people have been given one or more talents.  I Corinthians 12:7-8 tells us that.  “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.   For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit.” What a shame it is that some of God’s people don’t even know what their talent is.  They are unprofitable servants.

How about you, my friend?  Can you say with assurance that you are a child of God? Jesus gave his life in a cruel death on the cross to make it possible for God to forgive our sins and accept us as one of his.   If you aren’t a child of God, you need to go to him in prayer and confess that you are a sinner and ask him to forgive you and make you one of his.

If you are a child of God, what are you doing for him?  Are you using your talent?  Do you fit into one or more of the “ye are” categories mentioned above?  God’s people need to be more aggressive in reaching the world with God’s message of salvation.  Most of them sit back and enjoy what it means to be a Christian, with no concern for the lost around them who are destined to face the awful judgment of God.  The number of those in this world who make up the people of God is decreasing instead of increasing.  Why is that?  It must be because many of his people aren’t being what they should be.  Are you all that God has a right to expect you to be?

If you have questions or comments you can send them to the following address: rusandmargaretgeorge@windstream.net

 

 

 

 

(196)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.