Preserving The Precious
When the Lord gracefully blesses us with His precious blessings even though oftentimes even when we do not deserve them, He counts on us as faithful and responsible stewards to preserve the precious and nourish it to the best possible.
“Now after those days his wife Elizabeth conceived; and she hid herself five months, saying, “Thus the Lord has dealt with me, in the days when He looked on me, to take away my reproach among people.””
Luke 1:24-25 NKJV
The Lord had blessed Zacharias and Elisabeth and they were filled with joy and Elisabeth with a heart full of gratitude hid herself preserving the previous gift of a child from the Lord.
The faith we have, the family God has given us, the jobs we have, our friends, relatives and every good and blessed privilege we have, and do we consider them precious? If so, we need to preserve and nourish them as faithful stewards, for a great accountability lies on us for all these to the Lord God.
The Lord has by His grace and mercy saved us from sin and given us the precious confidence of an eternal life, yet often the devil tempts us to temporarily keep away this confidence or permanently abandon it and indulge in the sinful passions of life, however if we consider this new life in Christ as precious, we will diligently refuse every such offer thus preserving our precious confidence.
“Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.”
Hebrews 10:35-36 NKJV
Those whom the Lord has exalted as His servants in the Christian ministry with responsible positions in the church and His blessed tasks, hold a far greater accountability to Him for all whom the Lord has entrusted to their care.
While speaking to Peter, whom the Lord was preparing to be His mighty Apostle, these are the precious lessons the Lord taught him…
Jesus asked him three times…”do you love Me?” (Passage from John 21:15-17) and when he responded “Yes”, this is what the Lord told him….
The above mentioned three responsibilities are very important and precious, often the church is only bothered about the newborn and tend to forget the elders and the grown-up, yet the Lord as mentioned in the above three responsibilities has very specifically mentioned how the church can grow and be stronger ever after. Let’s pray that wisdom be imparted to the ministers so they may consider these responsibilities as precious, for a great accountability of these precious souls rests upon them to the Lord God.
Joshua, when he was made the leader of God’s people, faithfully fulfilled His responsibilities and this is what the Bible says about him….
“As the Lord had commanded Moses His servant, so Moses commanded Joshua, and so Joshua did. He left nothing undone of all that the Lord had commanded Moses.”
“While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.”
John 17:12 NKJV
The son of perdition mentioned above was Judas Iscariot, however the Lord did not leave any effort to keep him from sinning (dipping the morsel of bread during the last supper and offering it to him so seeing this love he may retract from the evil he was bent to do)
Of all that the Lord has entrusted us with, have we been able to keep them all? We need to earnestly pray and carefully preserve these precious gifts and responsibilities the Lord has entrusted to us.
May the Lord strengthen us and may we be able to boldly say as Joshua said..
“……….,as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”