OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. WEDNESDAY 27 MAY 2015. THEME : THE PRICE OF BEING A STANDARD.

MEMORISE : Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith

the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 2

CORINTHIANS 6 : 17.

READ : 2 CORINTHIANS 6 : 14 – 18.

14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship

hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with

darkness?

15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that

believeth with an infidel?

16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple

of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I

will be their God, and they shall be my people.

17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord,

and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith

the Lord Almighty.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 2 SAMUEL 19 : 16 – 20 : 26 AND MARK 14 : 53 – 15 : 5.

To become a standard or a positive reference point, there is a price to pay.

Going through the Bible, one will see that all those who got outstanding

approval from God had at least one thing in common, which is that they stood

out for God before they became a reference point. One of such Bible heroes is

Elijah. He stood out for God on Mount Carmel. He risked being killed by the

numerous prophets of Baal whom he had challenged. As a matter of fact, he was

considered to be Public Enemy No. 1 by the ruler of his days, Ahab ( 1 Kings 21 :

20 )

Another Bible hero is Daniel. He stood out alongside three other young Hebrew

men in order to be outstanding and thus became a standard. Several times, he

risked being killed because of his stand for goodliness. He knew his God and

would not compromise his allegiance to Him. On one occasion, a degree forbade

everybody from praying to God, but he put his life at risk by praying. He showed

that he was different from every other person. The Bible says he did not go

into hiding to pray; rather, he opened his windows and prayed three times a day

until he was found out ( Daniel 6 : 10 ). He disobeyed the malicious decree,

which his malicious fellow presidents made King Darius to sign. One striking

thing in this story was statement of these presidents in Daniel 6 : 5 :

“Then said these men, we shall not find any occasion against this Daniel,

except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.”

The question is: if it becomes a crime to be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ,

will you be found guilty? It is unfortunate that Christians are steadily losing

their virtue as salt and the light in this world of darkness. Christians are no

longer setting the standard for godly, virtuous living. They are allowing this

corrupt world to overwhelm them, failing to realise that the state of

corruption they are witnessing today was predicted in the Bible so long ago to

prepare us to meet its challenges ( 2 Timothy 3 : 1 – 5 ). This is the reason why

in today’s Bible reading God commands us to come out from among evildoers,

particularly false brethren. This is part of the price of being a standard; you

must stand out and not conform to this world ( Romans 12 : 2 ). May the Lord

give you the grace to obey in Jesus Name.

ACTION POINT :

Watch out for the evil deeds of this world and try to separate yourself from

doing them. You will soon be noticed as different, and you will become a

standard to the glory of God.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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