A model for Christian living

Posted: September 5, 2016 in Thoughts on God

For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the LORD, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel. (Ezra 7:10 ESV)

This was the verse God used to set the direction for my (Jordan) life a few short years ago, I sat on the banks of the Missouri river reading my Bible and begging to hear from God. Study. Do. Teach. It was a warm summer day and I sat in the sandy shallows with my feet in the water as I read my favorite books in the world, Ezra and Nehemiah. But it wasn’t until chapter seven, verse ten that those words had life and fire breathed into them. I am convinced, however, that while God spoke to me in a singular way that morning, those words penned so long ago put forth a universal model for Christian living.

There exists a natural flow in a believer’s life from salvation. When God saves us we are awakened to His majesty and Jesus’ beautiful grace, this draws us to Him. We have a deep desire to really know Him rather than simply knowing about him. We are lovingly convicted of sinful patterns in our lives and repent; that is literally to turn around and go the other way.

We’re also possessed of a drive to tell everyone of the transformation in our hearts, minds and lives! This flow, which Ezra summarized wonderfully, should exist in us for our entire lives. We also should “set [our] hearts to study the Law of the LORD, and to do it and to teachhis statutes and rules in Israel”.

Devote yourself today to studying the Bible, living out it’s truth and teaching others to do the same.


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