Isaiah 50:4-7 (AMP)
The Lord God has given Me [His Servant] the tongue of disciples [as One who is taught],
That I may know how to sustain the weary with a word.
He awakens Me morning by morning,
He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple [as One who is taught].
The Lord God has opened My ear,
And I have not been rebellious
Nor have I turned back.
I turned My back to those who strike Me,
And My cheeks to those who pluck out the beard;
I did not hide My face from insults and spitting.
For the Lord God helps Me,
Therefore, I have not been ashamed orhumiliated.
Therefore, I have made My face like flint,
And I know that I shall not be put to shame.
What a wonderful piece of scripture this is. The Prophet was speaking of Jesus in this part. (See the capital letters for ‘Me’, ‘My’, ‘I’, )
I also feel that this could be relevant to us as children of God, actively taking part in our relationship with God, proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ.
This whole Winter I set my morning alarm for 6am instead of 04:30am… And weird as it might sound, my morning alarm kept going off at 04:30am even though it was set for 6am… God was waking me up every morning at 04:30am… I am ashamed to admit that I simply rolled over and only got up at 6am.
Doing so it cost me time with God, rushing to get ready for the day every morning and the rest of my days would also not be as organized and calm… I made that choice every day…
Luckily now I have gotten back into the habit of getting up at 04:30am. My days are calmer, my ears are open for God’s voice and my heart is prepared every day.
I have now decided to never make such bad decisions as I have this past Winter again. The price is too high to pay.
Being a disciple of Christ means we are to become like Him. Christlike.
That means we are to live and do as He did. Yes, He was without sin and we are born into a sinful world, but that does not give us the right to sin deliberately…
We need to make a constant decision to live holy and set apart for God. That does not mean we will not make mistakes, but God’s grace is enough for us so that we can go to Him unashamed, knowing He will forgive us.
We are in this world, but we are not of this world.