Whether it’s in marriage (v.30) or shopping (v.31), our actions should reflect our dedication to God.
Reference: v.30 “We promise not to give our daughters in marriage to the peoples around us or take their daughters for our sons.” (NIV Bible)
Explore: My friend went through quite a significant conversion experience when she was a teenager. As a result, and keeping in line with the phaze at the time, she burnt all her non-Christian CDs. Sure enough ten years later she regretted that decision, however at the time it seemed the right thing to do and was a tangible way of showing her renewed commitment to God.
The Israelites had turned away from God and so had been in exile for decades. But now they were ‘home’ and Jerusalem was being rebuilt they were committing themselves to God in tangible ways.
Application: If someone was to follow our every move for one day, would they even notice that we were a person of faith? Often we don’t feel the need to let our faith have any impact on all our smaller daily decisions. And yet, when we become a follower of Christ we are dedicating our whole selves to His ways. Whether it’s in marriage (v.30) or shopping (v.31), our actions should reflect our dedication to God.
Prayer: Lord, you lay down everything for us. May all our decisions, both big and small, bring praise and honour to your name. Amen.
If someone was to follow our every move for one day, would they even notice that we were a person of faith?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.