February 23 – Cleansed from Sin and Blessed

Moses, as God’s leader for Israel, helped the people in many ways as they grew to understand and live out what it meant to be in a covenant love relationship with God.  They needed to know how to deal with sins that separated them from God.  Aaron lifted up his hands toward the people and blessed them. He came down after sacrificing the sin offering, the burnt offering, and the fellowship offering.  Moses and Aaron then entered the tent of meeting. When they came out, they blessed the people, and the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people.

God’s people in the time of Moses needed to be trained to be holy.  We have that same need today.  Through the sacrifice that Jesus made, once for all, on the cross, we are able to enter into in a deep relationship that depends fully on a holy God.  But dealing correctly with our sin-nature does not come naturally to us.  Like the Israelites, we too need training.  Physical trainers are popular for fitness but we are more than physical beings.

God, please give us the coaches we need for our spiritual growth.  May we be disciplined to value discipleship, may our spiritual muscles be strengthened by spending time in Your Word, and may we better understand Your Story.  Help us to live out Jesus’ teachings so our lives are not wasted but instead used so Your glory shines through us.  Amen.

P.S. Having raised children just a little older than ours, Susan Hodges continues to teach me and not just about children. I thank God for Pastor Gerald and Susan, serving faithfully for over twenty- five years at Westwood Baptist Church. Their mentorship in godly living has blessed many. Who has mentored you? Who are you mentoring?

Leviticus 9:22-23 HCSB