2 “I am about to go the way of all the earth,” he said. “So be strong, act like a man, 3 and observe what the Lord your God requires: Walk in obedience to Him, and keep His decrees and commands, His laws and regulations, as written in the Law of Moses. Do this so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go 4 and that the Lord may keep his promise to me: ‘If your descendants watch how they live, and if they walk faithfully before Me with all their heart and soul, you will never fail to have a successor on the throne of Israel.’
1 Kings 2:2-4
Here we have David near death giving directions to his son Solomon. What jumps out at me when he says So be strong, act like a man, but what made that really jump out is what follows. David explain what it means to act like a man. First observe what the Lord your God requires and as a result of that make sure you Walk in obedience to Him. In walking in obedience to Him you will be able to keep His decrees and commands, His laws and regulations, as written in the Law of Moses.
Such a simple instruction at first glance be strong, act like a man until David reveal what that entails: observe what the Lord your God requires: Walk in obedience to Him. These are so different from modern day thoughts on how one might be strong and act like a man or a woman. Today it would be more on how to achieve, how to win, how to make something of yourself. Seldom, if at all, would it entail walking in obedience to Him.
So how would we today walk in obedience to our Heavenly Father and His Son, our Lord and Savior … with the Holy Spirit as our guide? There are many clues or clear directions given in the New Testament. I will cover a few here. The first from 2 Corinthians 2
14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. 15 For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 16 To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task?
2 Corinthians 2:14-16
By living as Christians and all that entails we become an aroma pleasing to God and that aroma brings life to those who would want to know more of or about the life in have with Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Why do we this? Because Christ’s love compels us to do so or as Paul put it in 2 Corinthians 5
14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
2 Corinthians 5:14-15
Christ died on the cross at the direction of His Father so we might be forgiven for our sins and have eternal life with Him and His Father. He and His Father loved us that much then and today. That is the love that compels us! Paul went even further in 2 Corinthians 5
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20a We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us.
2 Corinthians 5:17-20a
We may not be missionaries out to the far reaches of the world, but we are missionaries to all those around us as Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We, each and every single one of us, are Christ’s ambassadors, carrying the aroma of Christ with us as we live our lives in the world even while we are not of the world.
It’s Monday, Memorial Day, and while we remember those who fell defending our great nation, let us remember He who was without sin who died for our sins as well on this day.