Deuteronomy 9: Set Apart by God
I think that it is sometimes easy for Christians to feel like we have some sense of entitlement. Because we try our best to follow the will of God, everything will work out well because God owes it to us. God has great plans for us as I always point out from Jeremiah, but those plans are not a result of our goodness.
That kind of attitude was taking root with the Israelites as well in Deuteronomy chapter 9. Moses was warning them not to think that they were receiving the Promised Land because of their own goodness.
Deu 9:4 Speak not thou in thine heart, after that the LORD thy God hath cast them out from before thee, saying, For my righteousness the LORD hath brought me in to possess this land: but for the wickedness of these nations the LORD doth drive them out from before thee.
This is a major problem with Christian culture today as well. There are many Christians that forget that we are still sinners who are saved by a merciful God. Becoming a Christian does not mean becoming perfect. If that was the proof of our salvation, we all would fall short.
Yes, we absolutely strive for perfection because we are trying to emulate Jesus, and as we all know, He was perfect. However, we are still going to make mistakes, and we will still need forgiveness.
1Jn 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
1Jn 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1Jn 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
So, I think this is the challenge for all of us as we begin the New Year tomorrow. Yes, we do have something special because we have God living within us. That absolutely sets us apart.
However, we are still sinners saved by grace. God doesn’t give us our Promised Land because of how good we are. It is only by the grace of God that we can have our inheritance.