Chosen, Treasured, Ruthless

When the Lord your God brings you into the land that you are entering to take possession of it, and clears away many nations before you, you shall make no covenant with them. You shall not intermarry with them, giving your daughters to their sons or taking their daughters for your sons, for they would turn away your sons from following me, to serve other gods… You shall break down their altars and dash in pieces their pillars and chop down their Asherim and burn their carved images with fire. For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.  It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the Lord set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but it is because the Lord loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you. Your eye shall not pity them, neither shall you serve their gods, for that would be a snare to you… You shall not be afraid of them… You shall not covet the silver or the gold that is on them or take it for yourselves, lest you be ensnared by it.” Deuteronomy 7:1-8,16,18,25

Being a child of God the King brings many privileges, and a high call to be distinct, and ruthless. It should boggle our minds to realize how valuable we are to the Lord– chosen, beloved, owned, pronounced holy to Him, adorned by grace with His name. He set His affection on us simply because that is His nature; He promised to do so and He is always true to His word. He values us as his priceless treasure.

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Being so treasured, our living response, He commands, is to be equally as committed to Him, and ruthless with the world and all its enticements. Once His bride, we cannot belong to another lover. Once redeemed from slavery, we are never to return to its shackles, its cruel possession or sway. We are to face the enemy boldly, and cut off anything that would lure our affections from our Divine Groom. We are to chop down gods in which we are prone to place our security or identity– things and experiences and degrees and acquaintances that we wave as important. We are to give no pity to the ones who would steal our rightful loyalties and displace our focus. We are not to fear the consequences of putting off the charms and approval of the world, because belonging to almighty God is more than enough and far superior.

Do I rest in God’s favor and unbreakable love for me? What magnets from the world, unbiblical beliefs, shiny temptations, pull at my affections and weaken my resolve to live as the royal that I am?

King of kings, Who has favored me beyond my imagining, grant me strength to be ruthless with the enemy so that I believe and behave as Yours, to Your glory.

 

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