No matter what they have accomplished in the past, there's no redemption for the current loser.
Reference: v.31b "Remember me with favor, O my God."
Explore: Two of my mates are always competing against each other. It's always in jest but it's fairly constant. It doesn't matter whether it's about their relationships, cricket scores or cooking ability, there is always competitive comparison. Their current saying to each other is, 'You're only as good as your last game.' No matter what they have accomplished in the past, there's no redemption for the current loser. That is, until they win and then they can lorde the saying over the other!
Application: No matter what we have done in the past, we are asked to live each day in honour of God. Nehemiah had to redirect the Israelites back to their faithful ways. It didn't matter if they had rebuilt the walls, it didn't matter how much they worshipped during the religious feasts, they still had to live out their faith on a daily basis. We are the same. We can spend all day Sunday worshipping God but if it does not reflect in our lives on Monday, Tuesday, Wed… then we too are only as good as our last day. Following God is a part of everyday. Luckily, God is loving and forgiving and will not hold our 'last game' against us like my mates do. But we know that when we are playing for God, that is the best team we can be on.
Prayer: Lord, forgive us when we go off track. Help us to stay focussed on you, each and every day. Amen.
How can you 'play a good game' for God today?
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.
This post was really good.
I must admit, when I read the opening line, I actually thought that was the passage from Nehemiah 13:15-31. However, after reading the passage fully, then your response to it, I managed to establish a greater understanding of your point. It is evident that we must live our lives for Jesus Christ on a daily basis; and I’m only a teenager, but I’ll be honest, I don’t have many Christian friends; but I do see some Christians sort of putting certain things on social networking sites that they know they wouldn’t if their Church congregation could see. So my whole idea is to put up Christian orientated information to show my peers that there’s no shame in talking about God; as I know there’s a lot of people who, contrary to what we may assume, are actually interested about knowing him,, but because a lot of people discuss trivial matters, they just disregard it.
So thank you, for your post, as this has this helped me to be more ‘equipped with every good thing to do his will.
God bless you.