God is Glorified in Our Obedience
- Date: October 11, 2019
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.” (1 Peter 2:9-10)
- From Built By God
If we're going to be participants in the kingdom of God as those lively stones, Luke 14 (verses 26-30), basically say: count the cost. Don't get part way through this thing and let it become your folly. You've heard that term. Some of you may have seen it in your own towns growing up. Somebody starts a venture and they don't have the money to finish it and they would call it "so and so's folly." There's a price here. We want to be used. We want to be a part of the temple of God, the household of God. We want to be a part of that living church. There's such a cheap gospel being preached today that so many that are out there that name the name of Jesus don't have a clue what it means to be a Christian, to be a part of the kingdom of God. There's no discussion of the cost. They're told if they come in and walk down the aisle and sign a card or just ask Jesus to come into their heart. That's it. We've heard that message for how long? It costs you everything. But that is not promoted a lot, is it? That's the gospel. So count the costs, that's all we're saying. He says there in that passage, count the costs.
1 Peter, in verses 3-5, says it's only by the Word of God that we can experience that growth. "If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious [through that maturation process of the Word of God]. To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men but chosen of God, and precious. Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, [What is God building? A spiritual house, an eternal house.] an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ." So what is the church supposed to do then? We're to produce a holy priesthood. We're to offer up spiritual offerings to God that are acceptable. I wonder what we bring in here as these holy priests. You remember that one of the jobs of the priests was to inspect the offerings, right? The whole rebuke in Malachi was that people were wanting to bring defiled offerings and offer them to God. The priests in Malachi became pretty straightforward on that and told them to keep these things or to give them to their governor but they were not acceptable to God. And if we accept anything in our midst other than what is holy and pure, we, as the priests, would have dung in our faces because we allowed less than the best to go to God. Now, He's looking for a church of living stones, of holy priests that would allow nothing in this place but the best. Do we allow other than our best? Do we allow others around us to give other than their best? If you do, guess who's getting the face full! We're called as holy priests, these living stones. Man, what a place this is that God has erected for Himself to be honored! How are we doing in keeping it pure? How are we doing in the policing that goes on in our priesthood? Being a priest is a tough job, man!
Is it a privilege to us? Do we allow anything from ourselves, or our families, other than the best, to be offered to God? If so, we're not being faithful to our call and our priesthood. We're a holy priesthood, a holy nation and we're to bring acceptable sacrifice. Remember this, "…ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God…" (1 Peter 2:9-10). But what a responsibility we have as we co-labor as priests in seeing this house built! What a jealousy there should be for the glory of God in this place, for the absolute best offerings from our lips and from our lives being offered up to Him! He doesn't need our input. He needs our obedience, and in that He will be glorified.