Deuteronomy 28:9 What Is Your Reputation?

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The LORD will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the LORD your God and walk in obedience to him. Deuteronomy 28:9

People are usually known by what they do. It is common for men, when talking to tell each other what they do for a job or career. For many people it is their job or career is what defines who they are, it becomes their reputation. Jobs or careers are what most people do with the majority of their time.

While there is nothing wrong with having a job or career, that is not really what make the person who they are. There is a grander, life-long description that describes a person. This can be seen in how they act and react to situations. It is seen in what their overall view of life is.

God had raised up the Israelites into a nation. All they had to do was keep the commands of God and obey Him. If they did that, God would establish them and set up their reputation as His holy people. They would belong to God and God would let the world know that.

Although believers no longer have to follow the law for salvation, God still desires His people to obey Him and follow Jesus. In the process of obeying God and following Jesus, every believer will be established on this earth as His holy people.

People will see the believer’s reputation as one who believes in God, obeys God, follows God. They will see the reputation of one who shows love, grace and mercy just as Jesus shows. People will talk about the reputation of the believer.

As a believer, you are a child of God. You are a part of His holy family. You have a family reputation to uphold. God is a holy, loving God, who is merciful and full of grace.

Obeying God, will put love, grace and mercy first in everything you do in this life. It will cause God to stand out front in your life. Your reputation will be established as one of God’s holy people. This is not ‘holy than thou’ but pure holiness, staying out of sin, holiness.

Going through life, you will establish a reputation. How you are known as? Are you known by your job, career, or accomplishments in this world?

Or are you known as a child of God, holy and pure?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will learn to obey all of God’s commands to you; that people will know you as a follower of Jesus; and that you not be ashamed of Jesus. 

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Mark 10:21 How To Get Eternal Life

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Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Mark 10:21

A man came up to Jesus wanting to know what it takes to get eternal life. After telling him to obey all of the commandments, He then tells him to sell everything and follow Him.

People often look at the idea of the man having to sell everything, but forget about the second part of following Jesus. Being poor does not mean a person is following Jesus. Wealth does not guarantee that a person is following or not following Jesus.

In order for a person to follow Jesus, he must put Jesus first above everything else in this life. Many people are more concerned about self and provision, then they are about following Jesus. Jesus will not lead any person into sin or selfishness. His entire focus is on saving every person in this world and pleasing His Father.

Getting eternal life is more than just saying a simple ‘sinner’s prayer.’ It is living a life that is pleasing to God. It is living life in the same way Jesus lived His.

Admission of sin, repenting of that sin and accepting what Jesus has done is only the first steps of following Him. Following Jesus means doing what He would do, saying what He would say and carrying out His mission in this world.

In order to do that, many people must give up something in their life. In this verse, the man had to give up great wealth. His wealth would be a great distraction to following Jesus.

As you go through this life, you must be willing to give up anything and everything that distracts you from following Jesus. You must live your life in a way that you can hear and see what God is doing at all times, so that you can be following Him and doing those things as well.

Do you see when Jesus makes a turn in the road? Or when He suddenly stops for a moment?

If you do not see those things, maybe there is something distracting you from following Him. Remove those things and keep your eyes on Him. In this way you will gain eternal life. Follow Jesus with all your life.

I pray today that you will be a servant of Jesus; that you will turn from all things of this world to follow Him; that you will hear His directions for your life; and that you will be faithful to God with all of your life.