Moses saw that Aaron had let the people get completely out of control, much to the amusement of their enemies. So he stood at the entrance to the camp and shouted, “All of you who are on the Lord’s side, come here and join me.” And all the Levites gathered around him. Exodus 32:25-26 (NLT)
The next day Moses said to the people, “You have committed a terrible sin, but I will go back up to the Lord on the mountain. Perhaps I will be able to obtain forgiveness for your sin.” So Moses returned to the Lord and said, “Oh, what a terrible sin these people have committed. They have made gods of gold for themselves. But now, if you will only forgive their sin—but if not, erase my name from the record you have written!” But the Lord replied to Moses, “No, I will erase the name of everyone who has sinned against me. Exodus 32:30-33 (NLT)
This week we are creating an “UN-Shopping List” – things we should throw out of our life’s shopping basket. So far we’ve tossed weak faith, stubbornness, and excuses. Today, as we close this series, and open a new year, we want to remember to “not forget”!
Does it ever seem to you that your life can be described as running wild - out of control? It may not be noticeable to the other people in your life, but you know it deep inside. You can feel that you don't have solid ground to walk on. You know if something doesn't happen to bring things down you're just going to explode.
Well, don't forget who you are, and Whose you are!
Those Israelites, God's people, were becoming the laughingstock of the world. Much like the church of today with all the infighting, doctrinal wars and petty disagreements, the Israelites had forgotten from whence they'd come. At a time when they needed it most, Moses, God's under-shepherd, spoke a simple message: Whoever is for the Lord, come to me. They'd forgotten; they simply needed to be reminded.
And so, I remind you today - remember who (and Whose) you are! Don't forget. Take all your forgetfulness and toss it!
The really important reason to “not forget” is that God remembers. In ancient times kings kept a register of their citizens. When a man committed a crime against the state, or when he died, his name was erased from that register.
There is a message of personal responsibility in this passage. Moses prayed and received a momentary stay for his people. My parents were like Moses for me. As a disobedient teen and young man, I am convinced it was only the prayers of my Mother and Dad that kept me alive.
But ultimately God's mind will never be changed about the personal nature of our sin. We bear personal responsibility for what we are, and what we have done.
Beloved, there is a register that the King of Kings keeps. It is called the Lamb's Book of Life. On its pages are recorded the names of every citizen of earth who has applied for, and received citizenship of heaven! You may well ask, "How does one apply?" You simply ask God, trusting in the promise of Jesus Christ’s death on the cross in your behalf.
You might also ask, "What does it cost?" Nothing you could ever pay. The price is already paid. It happened when Jesus went to the cross for you and me.
A third question is in order: "When should I do this?" Right this moment! "Why?" Because if you're not listed on the King's register, you are listed on the King's enemy's register....HELL!
Don't take hell with you this year. Put it on the UN-shopping list - toss it!
For You Today:
This year - No forgetting! Nothing but Heaven!