Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
Joining The Union (Part 2, Conclusion)
Understanding Your Place
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
Psalm 133:1 (NKJV)
And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
Hebrews 10:24-25 (NKJV)
God intends His union to have many members: 'For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren' (Romans 8:29). 'For in fact the body is not one member but many' (1 Corinthians 12:14).
Satan intends His union to shrink. Consider some of today's top celebrities. They were raised in faith and fellowship, but walked away like the prodigal son. They abandoned the Rule Book and even the Leader. Why? They fell victim to the 'The cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting' (Ephesians 4:14).
Consider God's first union members: Adam and Eve. Satan's offer to them was subtle, confusing, and enticing.
Same with us. The enemy will not tell us to leave God's union directly. Instead, he tempts us with treats: success one bite at a time. But each bite is a compromise. And each compromise is a step away from the union.
His plan is to isolate us, as a predator isolates his prey. He carefully separates us from holy affiliations: family, church, and faithful friends. Simultaneously (so we notice no void), he surrounds us with new people. Gradually, we come to realize we've joined a new union.
On the surface, it seems we're members of the 'Who's Who' club, but visible benefits cover an invisible risk. The fine print on the enemy's contract is seldom read: 'Repeated use of these benefits may cause injury, blindness, and death to you and to others.'
Actors, models, and talent for Christ: cherish God's union. 'Love the brotherhood' (1 Peter 2:17). Go to church. Join a small group. Find accountability partners. 'Cling to what is good' (Romans 12:9). Respect godly advice. 'Pray without ceasing' (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Consider your Bible not just a Rule Book, but a life preserver.
As God's ambassadors in a foreign government, you are His communication task force. Your mission is vital: to lead His lost children home. Although you may feel temporarily outnumbered, although alien faces seem friendly, resist any new contract. Because a better union does not exist.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Joining the Union series.