THE WORD FOR TODAY
Ezekiel 20-22 (Click to read Today’s Word)
Truth for Today
Ezekiel 20:32 “What you have in your minds shall never be, when you say, ‘We will be like the Gentiles, like the families in other countries, serving wood and stone.’
There is a whole segment of people in the population who look like celebrities. When I was stationed at Whiting Field I met a guy who looked just like Bill Clinton. But, a look alike is never the real thing. Yet there are people who have even had plastic surgery so they could look like their favorite celebrity.
Why do we want to look like and live like somebody else? It’s a problem that plagued the children of Israel. Instead of being satisfied with being God’s uniquely called and gifted people they wanted to be like other peoples and nations around them even down the gods they served. Ezekiel said, “What you have in your minds shall never be, when you say, ‘We will be like the Gentiles, like the families in other countries, serving wood and stone.’” They needed to hear Ezekiel, “What you have in your minds shall never be…”
As God’s people we are not like people who worship other gods. Paul challenged us, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who did not consider equality with God something the grasped (or held on too) but emptied himself…” It is so easy to get sucked in to the idea that we have to dress like, look like, talk like and be like the world around us so that we can identify with them. We need to hear Ezekiel tell us that what we have in our mind shall never be…we should throw away any desire to be like anybody who lives in this world and embrace the call to be like Christ.
So let’s set in our mind to be like the one who called us from darkness into light…Jesus Our Lord.
Lord I grant us wisdom to not pattern our lives after anything of this world…but to live like you…In Jesus Name…AMEN!!!