I will put my dwelling place among you, and I will not abhor you. Lev. 26:11
Reading Leviticus has been pretty rough if you were looking for the inspiring verses to awaken you to write. Before I started reading Leviticus, I was on a roll, writing a blog entry for my “devotionals” category. Everyday, the Word revealed something to me, exposed clearly what I should be writing about.
However, when I hit Leviticus, I realized that writing everyday to keep up with my expectations became more of me and not more of God. My desire to keep my devotional perfect and consistent was a standard I imposed on myself and not the Spirit’s.
So, I took a hiatus in writing, and focused on my relationship with God. I read slowly and as gracious as I can Leviticus. I was still looking for inspiring verses so that I can write again. But it became difficult to come across such verses since the book was about His laws and procedures, which also stated the repercussions of not abiding on those laws. The book was all about doing. And I wanted to write about grace.
Then I remembered, “Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.” James 2:26 (NLT)
Faith to Works, and NOT Works = Faith, is cause and effect. It is a cycle. When we received our salvation from Christ, our lives changed. We became better from who we were and our lives became less restrictive and more inclusive. We want people we care for to experience the joy we experience, which lead us to ministry. From the faith we have, our heart overflows with His love, which we extend service to others. From the Faith we have received from Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, we are blessed with the desire to share the Good News to others. Thus, Faith = Good Works.
Leviticus, although I have been toiling in this book and has slowed down my pace with my reading, has taught me something amazing. (Unfailingly, God does that.) Firstly, God is Lord. He made it sure that we wont forget it. Thus, I humble myself and accept this assignment from Him. Secondly, God is certain, reflective of His exactness, attention to detail, and providing laws to protect us. Thirdly, God is about grace as referred to the verse above.
God puts Himself within us, assuring us as well that He will not despise us. It is by His works that we become self-assured. It is awesome that He provided us the book of Leviticus, which serves as “traffic signs”, precautions, warnings and reminders. If we fail to heed to His warnings, we degrade the quality of our lives, and miss out on the true beauty and great joy living with God has to offer.
We are to live the best way we can for God wants that for us. And as we live, let us remember our love for Him and our Faith in Christ. Let us remember that through Him, by surrendering and humbling ourselves before the Lord, we live a life, which is already victorious. What we have to do now is tell people of the amazing transformation Christ has brought to our lives. “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” Matthew 12:34b (ESV) From the love of Christ, His ever-present grace, we become able to serve and work for Him so that others may enjoy the life of living with our victorious God. He is with us, and He will not despise us.