Bezalel made the ark of acacia wood–two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a half high. He overlaid it with pure gold, both inside and out, and made a gold molding around it. Exodus 37:1-2
When people get a chance to meet someone of extreme high importance, most will want to be in their best outfit for the occasion. They want to put on a good appearance before the person they are meeting. Doing this shows honor and respect to the one they are meeting.
Some of the high dignitaries will not even meet with a person who is not dressed a certain way. They do not want to be disrespected in any way. There is an expectation in the meeting.
Moses was having Bezalel and others build the tabernacle and the articles to be used in the tabernacle. One of the major articles was the ark. This was the actual place that Moses and future priests would directly meet with God. As this was built, it was covered on the inside and outside with pure gold.
During the time of Moses, pure gold was the most precious stone available. It showed high honor, authority, wealth, position and more. The entire ark, both inside and out had a layer of gold upon it. This showed the value and position of meeting God–it was of the most importance and value of anything.
Since that time, that ark has been removed, however, Jesus set up a new temple and ark where a person can meet God. It is in the believer. Each and every believer and follower of Jesus can meet directly with God right where he is at.
The believer is to be covered inside and out with gold, the best that there is when he is meeting with God. This covering of gold is the blood of Jesus and His righteousness. When God sees the believer, He will see Jesus and allow Him in to meet together.
As a believer, you also carry the ark in you. You have direct access to meet with God, any time and every time you want. However, in order to meet with God, you must be made pure inside and out. You must be covered with Jesus–the gold of holiness and righteousness. This is the best and highest honor you can give God.
Have you allowed yourself to be covered with Jesus, in order to be ready to meet God with honor and respect? God is waiting to meet with you.
I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus offers; that you will be covered with the righteousness of Jesus; that you will allow Jesus to make you pure and holy for God; and that you will take time to meet with God daily.
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Ephesians 5:8-10
Every person is born into sin. Each person has sinned against God and lived in darkness. This darkness is living as the world lives, sinning and promoting sin, with no care or concern for God or others.
The world lives that way because that is who they are and how they live. They are blind to living a true, full life that is rich and abundant.
Believers are to no longer live in the darkness. They have seen the light of God–Jesus. Every believer has been forgiven of all sin and given a new life to live, one that is an abundant life.
Jesus was the perfect example of what is the perfect life. He was good, righteous and true. There was no falsehood or sin in Him at all. Believers are to live in the same way.
In order for a believer to live that way he must find out what pleases God. It is very simple to please God. All one must do is be good to everyone, turn from all sin and be righteous, and speak and do everything in truth. This will make him a child of light, a child of God.
As a child of light, he will seek to do the best for everyone else. The ultimate best is pointing them to salvation in Jesus. He will also turn from every sin and strive to live a holy, perfect life for God. And there will be no falsehood in him at all. Everything you see on the outside surface will reflect what is inside the heart, which in turn will reflect God. This will only occur if he seeks what pleases God and not himself.
Each day you get up, seek to find out what will please God that day and, then, do it. Trust God to guide your life on the best path ever, regardless of what it looks like.
You were brought out of the darkness into the light, don’t go back into the darkness.
As you look at your life, are you a reflection of the light of God–Jesus?
Or does your life reflect the darkness of this world?
I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will know what pleases God; that you will live to please God; and that your life will be a reflection of God’s light–Jesus to this world.
Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. Romans 10:3
Paul talked about the Israelites were very zealous for God. They wanted to be God’s people, so they sought out how to be righteous before God on their own. They would not submit to the righteousness of God–that is Jesus.
All over the world there are many people who claim to believe in God. They are quick to say that they have a belief in God. Many will say that they believe that they will get into heaven.
When asked why they will get into heaven, many will say because they are a good person, never killed anyone and believe in God. They believe that their own works will get them into heaven.
Many in the church believe in the same way, they believe that they are righteous because of what they do. They go to church, read the bible, and are a good person.
Both are looking at salvation by their own personal works. Yet, getting into heaven is impossible for anyone apart from Jesus. He is the one who is righteous and makes a person righteous.
Others will believe in Jesus, but will add that a person must do certain things to get into heaven. If they do not read five chapters of the bible everyday, memorize a bunch of scripture, go to church every Sunday, then they are not saved. In the same way they are trying to make themselves righteous.
Every person needs the righteousness of Jesus in his life. Only Jesus is perfectly righteous and He extends that righteousness to every one who believes in Him and submits to Him.
As a believer, you must be willing to submit to God’s righteousness in Jesus and then strive to live like He did. You do the works to prove your submission to Jesus, but not to earn your salvation or righteousness. Love God, by doing what He wants and fleeing all sin, not by earning your salvation.
Trust that Jesus is making you righteous before God. He has removed your sins and makes you clean. Do not try to establish your own righteousness, you will fall short in the end.
Everything you do should be out of belief in Jesus and what He has done for you. Submit today and know His salvation and righteousness.
I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will know the righteousness Jesus provides; that you will not seek to earn your salvation; and that you will know the forgiveness Jesus gives you.
However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness. Romans 4:5
The majority of the people around the world like to earn what they get. They are willing to work in order to get something. Many do not want to just get something for free.
One challenge is that many people want a lot more for what they work for than what they actually deserve. People want a very large paycheck for a small amount of work, yet, they still want to be able to say that they worked for the paycheck.
There are also many who make the statement that a person will treasure what he works for more than what is just given to him. This implies that people must work more for the things that they want.
This type of thinking has also come into the thinking of many people in the church. People work very hard to be a “good” Christian. They will go to church, carry a Bible, quote a few good verses, don’t drink/smoke, and dress very nicely on Sunday. While none of these things are bad in and of themselves, none of them help a person with being righteous.
Righteousness, which is being right and holy before God, is only achieved by faith in God’s grace and mercy. It is faith in what Jesus has done for the person that makes a person righteous before God.
All of the actions that a believer does, should be done out of love for God and thankfulness for what Jesus has done for him. None of these actions need to be done to make a person righteous.
As a believer, you must have faith in the work Jesus has done for you. Having faith in God is putting your trust in Jesus. Trusting that Jesus has forgiven you and will save you.
While having that faith, you must work for God as though your salvation depended upon your own work. The works you do, do not earn your salvation, but prove that you are saved. It shows that you are grateful to God for what He has done for you.
As you are going through your life, stop working to earn your salvation from God. The price has already been paid. The work has already been done for you. Just trust God and live for Him.
I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will have faith in the work of Jesus; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus gives you; and that you no longer work for your salvation.