“So Moses went back to the LORD and said, Oh, what a great sin these people have committed! They have made themselves gods of gold. But now, please forgive their sin–but if not, then blot me out of the book you have written.” Exodus 32:31-32
While Moses was up on the mountain getting directions from God, the people started to worship a golden calf. They had given up on Moses and his God. They chose to follow an idol. Moses came back down the mountain and was angry with the people.
After cleansing the camp of any idols and getting rid of many people, he goes back up to God. He admits the great sins that the people have committed, but he asks God to forgive them. Moses then takes it a step further and tells God that if He will not forgive them, then he does not want to be in heaven with God. He does not want his name written in God’s book.
Moses shows a great love for the people. He is willing to forego heaven in order for them to make it. Jesus did the same thing for you. When He died on the cross, He was separated from His Father–God for a time in order for you to be saved.
Look around you and you will see many people who are followers of Jesus and yet have fallen into some type of sinful activity. These people are following God, but have strayed off the path for some reason.
As a strong believer, you must seek to restore them. Take time to show them God’s love and compassion and mercy. Often as believers, many will point a condemning finger at them and kick them to the curb. Often believers give up on those who have fallen into sinful acts.
Jesus wants us to strive to restore them gently. Moses stood up for those people who did not deserve anything but God’s punishment. He appealed to God’s love for them.
What are you doing today to restore someone?
Are you letting them fall and maybe even kicking them while they are down?
Are you laying down your life for others?
Or are you praying for God’s forgiveness and showing them God’s love and mercy?
Strive to restore people back to a strong relationship with Jesus today.
I pray today that God will show you ways to touch the lives of others for Jesus; that you will have the love of Jesus for others who have fallen; that you will build people up in Jesus rather than condemn them; and that many will follow Jesus because of your love to them.