In Christ we are a leader with responsibilities
(Deuteronomy 17:18-20 18) When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the Levitical priests. 19) It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the LORD his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees 20) and not consider himself better than his fellow Israelites and turn from the law to the right or to the left. Then he and his descendants will reign a long time over his kingdom in Israel.
As soon as God’s appointed leader takes power they shall have a copy of God’s teaching. It would be best if the appointed leader makes a copy by their own hand. This would be a word for word reproduction from an authorized and approved copy with the purpose of the appointed leaders own learning and edification through studying and copying God’s word.
God’s appointed leader is to read God’s word all of the days of their life because they are subject to God’s law all the days of their life. The appointed leader must study and become intimately familiar with God’s law because it is the same law that is required of their people. You see there is only one law that all people are subject to and one law that governs everyone — God’s law.
The objective of this program of study for God’s appointed leader is to lead them to proper reverence for God and to learn and fulfil all of His commandments in the appropriate manner. This is dedicated study so that one will not oppress another nor indulge in the excesses of selfishness or worldliness that is forbidden by God’s law. This act of writing down and studying the word of God is a humbling reminder to the appointed leader that they are essentially equal to all other citizens in that they are not immune from accountability in upholding God’s law and in having proper reverence and worship of the true and living God.
When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and are born again we become appointed leaders. We are called to lead others to a saving relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As a child of God we are given the great commission of making disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything that our Lord has commanded.
To be properly prepared for this task we are to study the word of God all the days of our life, write it down, meditate on it and remember it. We are to share the gospel with all who need to hear it and all who don’t know of its precious truth. But what I believe is most important is that we live the word of God in our actions, deeds, attitudes and behaviors.
When we live the word of God we will avoid oppression of others. There are many in the world that do not look like us, talk us, think like us nor have the same background, education or even religious beliefs and we are to love each and every one of them. A great act of love could be expressed by not excluding them from hearing the truth of God’s only begotten Son Jesus Christ.
When we live the word of God we avoid selfishness and worldliness because we seek to produce the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control) in all that we say and do. We avoid the bitter fruit of the world because we know that it brings no glory to God. As a child of God we know that we are subject to God’s commandments and we are held accountable for our actions and inactions and our words.
Humility is the key to reading, studying and living the word of God. This is required from the greatest amongst us and the least amongst us to do what is pleasing in the eyes of the Lord. I pray that our heart and mind are focused on the word of God so that we may better communicate His glorious truth to a world that is so desperately in need of Christ. I pray that we refrain from turning to the left or the right and that we not consider ourselves better than anyone, but we humble ourselves before our Lord and each other as we fulfill the task that He has given us.
Go forth and lead someone to a saving relationship with Christ.
(“From the Pulpit” is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)