June 24, 2018

“They Are Mine” – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:00 am by sranderson0103

By Don R. Patton

“Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who esteem His name. “And they will be Mine,” says the LORD of hosts, “on the day that I prepare My own possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.” (Malachi 3:16-17)

We find this assuring promise toward the end of the Old Testament period, a sad time of disgusting, idolatrous unfaithfulness on the part of most in God’s chosen nation. But, there were a faithful few, a remnant.

Today, again, Christians find themselves in the minority (as expected). We can benefit from God’s words of encouragement to those in similar circumstances in the past. We should study the former situations, the conduct of the faithful remnant as well as God’s attitude toward them. First, consider the attitude of the faithful toward God. These were the few, who “fear the LORD and who esteem His name.” In addition to the demonstration of God’ majesty, obvious in His creation, their own heritage taught them multiple lesson of God’s awesome power, His character, and generous provision when His servants served Him. Noble hearts, pondering such lessons, respond in reverence. The shallow, ungrateful majority remain oblivious.

Then, consider that these faithful few “spoke one to another.” (The King James Version adds, “often.”) The remnant (typically confronted, threatened by the majority) understood the benefit of encouragement from each other. Their conversations were not just about the weather or sports events. They talked about things that mattered, their spiritual survival.

Next, consider God’s response to the conversations of these few saints: “the LORD gave attention and heard it.” Are we aware that God listens to what we talk about? Those whose conversation indicated that they “fear the LORD and …esteem His name,” God hears, gives attention, and registers in a special “book of remembrance.” Would you be embarrassed to have your conversations in God’s book…or would God appreciate what he hears?

This faithful few, God’s remnant is assured of His ultimate provision: “they will be Mine,” says the LORD of hosts, “on the day that I prepare My own possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.” They will be spared while others are being judged “on the day” when all will give account.

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” (II Cor. 5:10)

Let’s determine to be among the remnant (ignoring the influence of the majority), making sure we fear the LORD and esteem His name. And make sure that our frequent conversations with fellow Christians reflect that attitude. Know that God is watching, listening and writing. The reward of the faithful few will be great.

 

 

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