Molech or the Master? – Today’s Thoughts…
By Pastor Lee Hemen
November 14, 2008
At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. (Titus 3:3)
Christians often forget whence they came from. Why is that? Is it because we get so used to living in the grace of God we forget how that grace was applied and what it means? Paul reminds Titus with some pretty drastic language of just where all believers come from: “At one time we too,” he relates. All have, at one time, been full of sin and without hope. Without grace, without any reason for life, or any means of salvation. At one time, you too dear reader were just like everyone else. And how were we all? Well, Paul says we were “foolish,” (anoetos) that is we were uncomprehending and stupid to the spiritual things of God; we were “disobedient,” (apeithes) apathetic and unconvinced of Jesus; we were “deceived,” (planao) meaning that we were seduced by the pleasures of the world around us; and in fact Paul says we were “enslaved,” (douleuo) in bondage to our own “passions,” (epithumia) lusts and “pleasures,” (hedone) totally hedonistic in our lives! Not only were we captives to this kind of ungodly living, “We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another!” That was our lives before Jesus’ grace entered into our being! Wow!
Now I know many of you will immediately begin to make excuses for yourselves. “I wasn’t that bad,” you will try and say. “I may have not known God, but I was not the kind of person Paul describes to Titus.” “I was in fact a pretty good person.” And when you do you just proved Paul’s point and perhaps that you have not come to grips with who you truly were before Christ because even the best of the best, among those who do not know the Lord, are counted with the worst of the worst. Our natural lives were totally antithetical to the things of God. We lived to please ourselves. God was not in the picture and if we thought he was, then we were trying to live spiritual lives instead of holy lives for the Lord and there is a huge difference between the two. One is lived for what we can get out of the Lord and the other is lived because of what God has done for us.
But God is not mocked. He knows our heart. Kind of like God telling Zephaniah: “I will sweep away everything from the face of the earth.” (Zephaniah 1:2) Why? Because the people of that day were trying to convince themselves and God that they were “spiritual” people and not really that bad. However, they were guilty of worshipping “the starry host,” bowing down to the child destroyer Molech, and yet still thinking they could worship God! Who were they trying to fool? Certainly not God, only themselves.
Are you like these folks? Do you secretly worship other things and try and fool God and yourself into thinking that being spiritual is good enough for the Lord? God told the hypocrites of Zephaniah’s day, “Be silent before the Sovereign LORD, for the day of the LORD is near. The LORD has prepared a sacrifice; he has consecrated those he has invited.” You see, if you are “consecrated” by the Lord, made holy because of his “sacrifice,” you will be changed. You will no longer live for your “passions and pleasures.” Malice, envy, hatred, and being hated will not be a part of your life. Paul said that if you are a believer this was once what you were, not now, and so if you are these things now, what does that say about your life? Molech or the Master, whom do you serve today?
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