Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Beyond Common; Holy

Good morning my friends,

Wow, God is a demanding God. Nadab and Abihu did not last long in their roles as priests. I am not sure we could consider it like making a mistake at McDonald’s on your first day and being fired. Perhaps it could be considered more like showing off on your first day by giving away free food and being fired for it. Regardless, they did not follow the precise instructions of the LORD God and ended up paying for it with their lives. It is because their role was an important one in Israel. To quote the LORD:

"You and your sons are not to drink wine or other fermented drink whenever you go into the Tent of Meeting, or you will die. This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. You must distinguish between the holy and the common, between the unclean and the clean, and you must teach the Israelites all the decrees the LORD has given them through Moses." (Exodus 10:9-11)

The role of the priests was not simply to make sacrifices on behalf of the people but also to teach the people the difference between right and wrong according to God’s laws. They were to do this with more than just mere words; they had to set the example as well. They could not drink before going into the Tent of Meeting because this was a common thing which was not to be mixed with the holy place of the Tent of Meeting. However, that is just one small example of the many things that would need to be taught. This required the humble attitude of a servant who saw his life no longer belonging to himself but to the LORD and the people.

We, the Church, are a nation of people belonging to the royal priesthood. We demonstrate to the world by example the difference between the “clean and unclean”, “the holy and the common”. We show them that a life given to the LORD is different than the life lived for self. More importantly we demonstrate the love, mercy, forgiveness, compassion, of the LORD to the world. This is why it is important that we hear the instruction of the LORD so we do not blow it like Nadab and Abihu.

I speak to my students now. You have an opportunity to make a difference as individuals and as a collective group of youth. You do not have to follow the “sins of your fathers”, making the same mistakes of the generations that went before you. You can make the decision now that you will follow the ways of the LORD, listening to his instructions, seeking his glory and showing the world what God can do with someone who is completely given over to him. Remember these words written to a young evangelist:

Command and teach these things. Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. (1 Timothy 4:11-12)

Some people want to write you off as being too young, too immature, too common. Yet I say to you that you are the raw materials from which God works his miracles. Jesus did not leave us here to entertain ourselves. We have been left in this place to serve him and to represent him to the world. We live in an exciting age where technology has opened many doors of opportunities for us to communicate, support, encourage, lift up, urge on and to reach out. That same technology can be used to hurt and destroy. You have the opportunity to show there is a different between “the holy and the common”. I urge all of us every day to allow the LORD to show to the world that he is prepared to take the common and make it holy; to take the unclean and make it clean. He just needs our willingness

Too many common people have lowered the standards of tools like the Internet. There is far too much ugliness available out there with not enough alternatives. We are craftsmen, skilled according to the grace of God. We are poets, writers, designers, story tellers. We have been skilled to produce great works. We need to start producing things of great quality, using our imagination and flooding the Internet with great material to show the difference between the Holy and the common. This is a call to arms. Let us take back the Internet in the name of the One who gave us all things Holy.

11 comments:

audrey said...

i agree that we have to be careful not be be influenced.. but to influence! .. internet can be a den of lions if we don't know how to "manipulate" it and use it. I could be a great tool to get our point out there and really show what we are worth of.

Ray said...

This is probably why you're training us all in techonology and stuff... so we can be the ones to put the good things on the internet... :P ...

Jessika said...

i think that we must simply be careful of the people that can influence us in a bad way.

Naomi S. said...

The internet can be a dangerous thing if not used properly, and I agree that we should use our skills and imagination to fill it with good things, to "take it back" in God's name.

Kayla said...

i agree as well we do have to be careful with what is going on out there it can be very dangerous to slip into bad things

Brandon said...

We can always choose who to influence us. The people who give bad influence instead of them making an influence on us we should make a influence on them. I USE the internet only for social studies and games. I LIKE the internet for games, games and.....ummmmm......games. So I dont have to worry about the internet to influence mebecause I rarly use it.

Olivia said...

My mom once, well, a couple of times, told me that everything we see and hear influences us. Music, what we watch on TV, and what we read. I don't exactly agree with her about it, but there are a lot of bad influences out there, and I think we should try to avoid them, and that we should try to be good influences.

Noah said...

ya technology is for good or bad depends who you are.

Naomi S. said...

Wait a second!! OH no you did not just do that!! Did you just compare God to McDonalds? If you're gonna compare God to a fast food restaurant, at least compare him to one that has good food. :P

Kendall said...

Influences can be good or bad depending on where the infulence is coming from like say your watching tv and there's a horror movie thats very cruel blood, violent stuff like that you can watch it and say that was an alright movie but then you see that your always thinking about it and you start remembering what happened at you start putting it into practice, that a bad influence, just take the shooting at Dawson im pretty sure thats what happened.

sasha said...

I think that technologie is a good thing when we use it correctly.We can use the technologie for all kind of staff .But we havr to be careful with it.