TWC – The Word Connects: Connecting you to God and to one another … 31 July 2015
The Lord said to Eli in 1Sam.2:29, “Why do you scorn my sacrifice and offering that I prescribed for my dwelling? Why do you honour your sons more than me by fattening yourselves on the choice parts of every offering made by my people Israel?” Eli knew about the sins of his sons and while he did rebuke them for it, he did not punish them nor stop them from oppressing the people, stealing meat from the people’s offering and sleeping with the women who served at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. And by so doing, Eli showed contempt for the Lord’s sacrifice and offering, preferring to please his sons more than honoring the Lord. As a result, the Lord took both his sons’ lives. We are all called to honor God (Jn.5:23). And if we honor God through serving Him and His purposes, God will honor us. Jesus said, “My Father will honour the one who serves me.” (Jn.12:26) Yet, we sometimes forget to honor God. Anytime we place something as more important than the Lord, everytime we give priority to other things and other people, we have not honored God. God and His pleasure must always be our top priority! Whenever we choose worldly pleasures over serving God, when our 24-hour day is given to only or mainly doing things that bring pleasure to ourselves, we have not honored God. Our desire as Christians should be to bring delight to God, and the way to do that is to put God first in everything. That includes taking time to read His Word and pray daily, live a holy life everyday, give attention to the people, things and activities that the Lord wants us to. That would primarily be our spouses, children and other family members, our work and our leisurely activities. We are to honor God and bring a godly influence into our relationships, jobs and activities. Without doing that, we are just having fun for ourselves. Whatever the Lord leads us to do, whoever He connects us with, there is always the element of sharing Christ with the people in those spheres of influence. We are to influence them, not let them influence us! This is because God’s heartbeat is the evangelization of the entire world and He accomplishes it through you and me. As you walk with God today, remember that you are called to honor and worship Him, glorify Him in your relationships, work and play, and as you do that, He will honor you and He will bless you and your family. Have a great day!
Today’s Bible Text: “29 Why do you scorn my sacrifice and offering that I prescribed for my dwelling? Why do you honour your sons more than me by fattening yourselves on the choice parts of every offering made by my people Israel?” (1Sam.2:29)
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