Be very careful

Today’s Readings: Joshua 21:1-22:20, Luke 20:1-26, Psalm 89:1-13, Proverbs 13:15-16

As Joshua was sending the tribes of Reuben, Gad and half of Manasseh back to their allotted territory on the east side of the Jordan River, he gave them very clear instructions in Joshua 22:5.

But be very careful to obey all the commands and the instructions that Moses gave to you. Love the Lord your God, walk in all his ways, obey his commands, hold firmly to him, and serve him with all your heart and all your soul.

I believe that these instructions still apply to us as Christians over two thousand years later. As I’ve been focusing on love and justice this month, I have been impressed by the insistent and persistent call of God for all of His people to follow Him with great energy and focus – “with all your heart and all your soul.”

I am wrestling with the question, “Where is grace in this?” As a Christian, I know that I am saved by grace (Ephesians 2:8-10).

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Where is our action in this? What does grace really mean? Even in this Ephesians passage, we are told that we are made new in Christ explicitly so that “we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.” Maybe that will be the focus for the month of May.

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