You, O Lord, are loving. Surely you will reward each person according to what he has done. Psalm 62:12
“Therefore, O house of Israel, I will judge you, each one according to his ways, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall. Ezekiel 18:30
Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. 2 Corinthians 4:1-2
David’s secret and shameful behavior in his fleshly body led to his downfall. It’s tough seeing something beautiful and not wanting to get with it. That’s just human nature 101. David knew he should have been about the business of his kingdom. His deception would garner judgment, brokenness and eventually lead to a divided kingdom.
These bodies of ours – jars of clay as Paul calls them in 2 Corinthians 4, hold the treasure of God’s power that we have in Christ Jesus. But like David our sinful natures can lead to an abuse of power. Thankfully under Christ we do not bear the penalty for our sin, however we still have to deal with the consequences.
The world lies to us and tells us that if we go after what we want, that a vast inheritance of wealth, success or happiness awaits. After a trip through the dry and weary vastness of sin, we will go on the hunt again, longing for real satisfaction. But in order to inherit anything, someone always has to die. If every sinful soul must die and be judged for what is done in the body then who gets all the toys in the end?
Jesus died in the prime of his life, so that we could have life for all time. He is the way to heaven, the only truth, the everlasting life, our inheritance of joy. Unlike David our repentance and brokenness can lead to forgiveness, new life and unity in the kingdom of God.
from the archives, September 15, 2010