Evangelism Is Not Based On Convenience
August 5 - Devotion
The church at Jerusalem held a conference to determine whether they should exempt non-Jewish Christians from observing Jewish tradition. The conference concluded that it is only essential for Christians to serve God in the liberty of their spirit to prevent inhibition of the gospel. The Church elders wrote a letter to Paul as quoted,
“...But concerning the Gentiles who believe, we have written and decided that they should observe no such thing, except that they should keep themselves from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality” (Acts 21:25).
Non-Jewish Christians and Jewish Christians are the same people in the sight of the Lord. There is no segregation with God! However, a Christian of any background must obey God’s laws. We must engage in praiseworthy activities - that glorifies God's name at all times.
No Christian should substitute God’s law for his tradition. A tradition may motivate us into morality, but it does not equate to God’s standard of holiness. In short, human tradition is not God's laws! Therefore, each Christian must duly study his or her bible to understand God's requirements. We must abide by the word of God. (We must practice it). Christians who obey God to the letter will receive his benefits. God will bless us richly if we obey his laws and faithfully serve him.
Dear God, I have learned that human tradition is different from your standard of holiness. Therefore, I ask you to please save me from any tradition that can make me compromise your holiness standard. Enable me to commit myself to studying your word so that I can live an acceptable life before you. Please help me to remain fit for your eternal kingdom. For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.