Two Kinds of People
No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. Matthew 6:24
I love the book of Psalms. It doesn’t matter how many times I have read it, there is always a golden nugget. This past week, I started the book over again and I have spent the entire week on Psalm chapter 1. The commentary in the Life in the Spirit Bible has me digging and seeking God’s Truth. Donald C. Stamps states, Psalm 1…contrasts the only two kinds of people recognized by God…(1) The godly, who are characterized by righteousness, love, obedience to God’s Word and separation from fellowship with the world (2) the ungodly, who represent the ways and counsel of the world, who do not abide in God’s Word (or counsel), who are cynical about God and mockers of that which is holy, and who consequently have no part in the assembly of God’s people. Wow! Just make a checklist to see which side you are on!
We can be distinguished by our lifestyle, the people we associate with and the things we spend our time doing or in which we find pleasure. To experience God’s blessings, we MUST turn from harmful relationships and deny destructive behavior. Our pleasure must be in God’s instruction (God’s Word/The Bible). Our lives must set a pattern of behavior and actions following Christ’s example and Word. Our time must be spent pondering scripture and reflecting on its Word against our life.
· How can I apply this scripture to my personal life?
· Is there a promise I should claim for my life?
· Is this scripture revealing sin in my life that I should abandon?
· Am I obeying God’s command?
The outcome of a life lived in obedience to God, separation from the world and love for others has a strong root system. The Bible describes it as a “tree planted by the rivers of water”. A tree that is not easily blown over. A tree that is healthy and strong and a tree that provides fruit from sharing God’s Truth with others.
What kind of person are you?
Pastor Julia Scott