Monday Reflection – April 20, 2020
Chosen for a Purpose
The Lord said, “I have chosen Abraham, that he may charge his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice.” Genesis 18:19
Our Watchword today highlights Abraham’s special place in the heart of God. God himself says, “I have chosen Abraham…” (Gen 18:19). There was nothing special about Abraham that led God to choose him. He wasn’t better than everyone else; he wasn’t stronger, smarter, or more industrious. God chose Abraham purely out of grace and love, and thus nothing that he deserved. Yet, God has also chosen you and me. Every single believer has been chosen by God and has an everlasting covenant relationship with him. Believers are God’s holy and set apart people. Every believer is called to be God’s co-partner, God’s fellow worker, in bringing about the Kingdom. Every believer is a friend of God to whom God reveals his will through his word.
We live in a world where we make choices regarding our lives daily. We choose our friends and they choose us, we choose our marriage partner, we are chosen for boards and committees, we are chosen for promotion or special position. But to be chosen of God, that is far more important, awesome, enduring and eternal. Yet, God chooses us in two ways. One is for salvation for eternal life and the other to fulfill God’s determined purpose, a calling on our lives.
Today’s text focuses on Abraham’s choseness to fulfill God’s purpose. God says, “I have chosen Abraham, that he may charge his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice.” Our verse has three important words.
- Charge – This is about taking responsibility to ensure that God’s directions are followed. God, by his providence, guides the course of history and expect believers to follow and lead others to follow his will. When applied to Abraham, and us as parents, it means we ought to take charge of our children’s religious and moral instruction.
- Keep – The word used here means to guard, to watch. It is the same word used of a watchman standing guard on a city wall for the enemy; he needs to be careful, he needs to be observant, he needs to stay awake, he needs to keep a vigilant watch. In the same way, godly parents stand watch over our children to pay careful attention to the ways of God.
- Way – This means path or road. The way of the Lord is found in the Bible. More specifically, children are to be directed towards faith in Jesus Christ and obedience to God’s word and will. But how? This involves regular worship, Bible study, and prayer. It is about reflecting the attributes of Christ and fruit of the Spirit in their lives.
It is critical to note that these acts are geared towards doing righteousness and justice; to be right and just. Solomon reminds us that, to do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice (Proverbs 21:3). Righteousness and justice are attributes of God, thus the expectation of God is that we imitate him, as we pursue becoming more like him. Godly parents and guardians are to charge their children to keep the way of the Lord…an awesome responsibility, yet possible through the enabling presence of the Holy Spirit.