Category Archives: Obedience

Don’t give up on your calling!

Were you called? Were you sent? Did you answer? Did you go?

God's calling
Ring…Ring… will you pick up? Answer the call!

Don’t give up on your calling! Trust in God and align to His purpose and plan for your life!

What has God called you to? Is it leadership? Is it friendship? Is it missions? Is it caring for the youth? Is it caring for the elderly? Is it caring for orphans? Is it caring for foster kids? Is it mentoring? Is it to be a great parent? Is it to be a great spouse? Is it to be a great child? Is it to be a great sibling? What is your calling?

Consider at home… Consider in your community… Consider at work…

Are you living up to your calling? Are  you working towards your potential?

Do you realize as today’s devotional is entitled “Your Calling is Irrevocable”?

for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.

–from Romans 11:29

Your Calling is Irrevocable —

Day 209: Bible In One Year 2017

Devotional, Psalms 89:19-29, Romans 11:11-32, 1 Chronicles 4:9-43, 1 Chronicles 5

  1. God’s covenant with his people will last forever … Psalm 89:19-29
  2. God’s promises to Israel will prevail … Romans 11:11-32
  3. God’s generous character and his blessings are unchanging … 1 Chronicles 4:9-5:26

click to the devotional to read each of these points…

When I think of the words, “God’s promises are true” it makes me think of this song…


Do you know it takes to have a right relationship?

Does it take trust? Does it take love? Does it take patience? Does it take perseverance? Does it take hope? Does it take truth? Does it take integrity? Does it take boundaries? What about faith?

17For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed-a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

–from Romans 1

What if the relationship is with God? He wants a relationship with you! Will you invite Him into your life? Will you allow Him to be in relationship with you? For us to have right relationship with others it is important for us to have a right relationship with God! His ways are so much better than our ways, they are higher and wider and deeper than anything we could do in our own strength.

How to Live in Right Relationships

Day 193: Bible In One Year 2017

Devotional, Psalms 84:1-7, Romans 1:1-17, 2 Kings 23, 2 Kings 24:1-7

  1. Enjoy the blessings … Psalm 84:1-7

    • Longing for God’s presence
    • Blessing of God’s presence
    • Strength from God’s presence
  2. Receive the gift … Romans 1:1-17

  3. Continue to obey … 2 Kings 23:1-24:7

Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for Your love for us. I praise You Lord for having sent such a powerful word today. I thank You Lord that You are able to do exceedingly more than we can ask or imagine. I pray Lord that You will give us eyes to see and ears to hear so that we can share the great work You are doing over and through our lives. I give this day into Your hands and ask Lord for wisdom and discernment so that I can do what is good and what is necessary to accomplish Your will today, in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Time to pause the usual and consider something different…

If you were asked to warn people about something, would you do it? Would it matter who they are? What if they were your enemy and it could save their lives? What if it was God who asked you? Would you just go and do it? Would you have to think about it? Would you reject it and run away? What would you if today’s story was about you?

Usual would be my daily read through the Bible in a year. Something different is to walk thru the book of Jonah this week and then to go offline for a few days.

It’s interesting when I consider some of Jonah and how it parallels to Jesus. In particular when Jonah was in the belly of the huge fish for 3 days vs when Jesus was dead and buried in a tomb for 3 days.

It’s interesting when I consider Jonah and the natural responses we would have to being asked to do something for people who we may think don’t deserve a second chance, don’t deserve to be helped, … because of the way they live their lives, what they have done, and the impact on us. But God’s ways are not our ways! God’s ways are better than our ways! God’s Ways are higher than our ways!

So let’s jump in and check out the first part of Jonah for today…

Jonah Runs from the Lord

1The Lord gave this message to Jonah son of Amittai: 2“Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are.”
3But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord. He went down to the port of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for Tarshish. He bought a ticket and went on board, hoping to escape from the Lord by sailing to Tarshish.
4But the Lord hurled a powerful wind over the sea, causing a violent storm that threatened to break the ship apart. 5Fearing for their lives, the desperate sailors shouted to their gods for help and threw the cargo overboard to lighten the ship.
But all this time Jonah was sound asleep down in the hold. 6So the captain went down after him. “How can you sleep at a time like this?” he shouted. “Get up and pray to your god! Maybe he will pay attention to us and spare our lives.”
7Then the crew cast lots to see which of them had offended the gods and caused the terrible storm. When they did this, the lots identified Jonah as the culprit. 8“Why has this awful storm come down on us?” they demanded. “Who are you? What is your line of work? What country are you from? What is your nationality?”
9Jonah answered, “I am a Hebrew, and I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the land.”
10The sailors were terrified when they heard this, for he had already told them he was running away from the Lord. “Oh, why did you do it?” they groaned. 11And since the storm was getting worse all the time, they asked him, “What should we do to you to stop this storm?”
12“Throw me into the sea,” Jonah said, “and it will become calm again. I know that this terrible storm is all my fault.”
13Instead, the sailors rowed even harder to get the ship to the land. But the stormy sea was too violent for them, and they couldn’t make it. 14Then they cried out to the Lord, Jonah’s God. “O Lord,” they pleaded, “don’t make us die for this man’s sin. And don’t hold us responsible for his death. O Lord, you have sent this storm upon him for your own good reasons.”
15Then the sailors picked Jonah up and threw him into the raging sea, and the storm stopped at once! 16The sailors were awestruck by the Lord’s great power, and they offered him a sacrifice and vowed to serve him.
17Now the Lord had arranged for a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was inside the fish for three days and three nights.

–from Jonah 1

So…would you have been a Jonah and run away from God rather than be obedient to His call? Would you have put the lives of others around you at risk in your attempt to run for God? Jonah knew what he had done was wrong and thought God was mad at him. Nothing surprises God! God knows our every thought! God know the thoughts spoken and unspoken! He knew what Jonah was going to do, but God had a plan and it was a good plan to save lives! Jonah unbenounced to himself by running from God ended up being on a ship of people who were following many other gods. We see with throwing Jonah overboard into the sea and watching the sea calm, the sailors on that boat had their lives intersected with the one true God! They offered Him sacrifices! They turned their lives to Him and vowed to serve Him!

Jonah may have thought God was mad at him and so had him eaten by a fish, but this was time for Jonah to be able to ponder God’s plan! It was a second chance to get Jonah to rescue the people of Nineveh! God is a loving God and His plan isn’t to harm us but that we would turn our lives to Him and be saved! Saved like the sailors on that ship! Saved like Jonah swallowed in the fish! And as we will see thru the story of Jonah, save the people of Nineveh!

As we consider this, let’s listen to a few songs…

We all aren’t Jonah, but do all have our own stories. We may even try to run from God, but God knows all things, God is everywhere, God is all powerful! In this world we will face storms and we get to choose how we will deal with them! Take a look around, see those people walking with you or those people around you? Just like Jonah, who was sleeping in the boat, we have a crew too! Sometimes we may even get thrown overboard, but God has a plan and a purpose and they are for good!

Consider the lyrics of untitled and what they speak to you. Are there any of the lyrics that speak to you or touch you? Leave me a comment and let me know.

Heavenly Father,
I thank You for this new day and for what it represents in the story of my life and these two weeks ahead. I thank You Lord that You have given me a crew or some may call it a team at home, at work, at church, at camp, and in my neighborhood. I thank You Lord that You are bigger than any storms that I will ever have to face! I thank You Lord that You love me just the way I am but love me too much to leave me this way! I thank You Lord that You are with me wherever I go and that I can call on You and You will hear me! I give this day into Your hands and ask Lord that You will use it for the glory of Your Kingdom! I walk open handed that I may be a vessel that can be used by You today to speak truth, hope, love, and life into those who You will bring into my life. And Lord as ask that in all of my day and all of my life, You will help me to live it out in a way that will bring You all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Where are you at today?

Are you rejoicing or lamenting? Are you celebrating or mourning? Are you dancing or weeping? Why?

What do you see around you? Does your perspective make the difference? Is it based on location? Is it based on situation? Is it based on circumstance?

Is it based on truth? Is it based on facts? Is it based on hypothesis? Is it based on speculation? Is it based on rumor? Is it based on gossip?

Is there hope? Is there expectations? Do you stand on solid ground? Are you rooted in good soil? Are you well nourished? Are you producing good fruit?

So will you be rebellious? So will you be obedient? We are all given the ability to choose!

Do you seek wisdom? Do you turn to God? Are you looking for answers? Are you seeking the truth? Do you know where you stand? Do you realize where you are heading? Are you hoping for more? Are your expectations right?

Will you humble yourself? Will you seek God with all of your heart, mind, soul, and strength? Will you pray? Will you petition? Will you turn from wicked ways? Will you turn back to God? Do you seek forgiveness? Do you want to repent? Do you want healing in the land? Do you want unity? Do you want restoration? Do you want hope? Do you want joy?

Are you taking for granted what you have? Are you realizing the gifts you have been given? Do you realize the blessings in your life? Are you thankful?

Are you rebelling? Are you fighting? Are you arguing?

Will you be obedient to God’s will? Will you receive the gift of His Son Jesus Christ?

We all get a choice! Adults get a choice! Children get a choice! We each get to make our own choice! It’s our decision that we will be measured against! So have you chosen? Will you choose? Is the choice something you picked by following your parents? Is it from following your friends? Is it from peer pressure? Is it from freedom?

Will you be faithful? Do you realize that every good and perfect gift comes from God? Don’t worship the things or the stuff, worship God!

How bad do things need to get before you will turn back to God? How painful does it have to get before you fall down and cry out to God for help and for forgiveness? Would it take a vision of heaven or of hell to get your attention? Which would help you to choose? Which would provide you enough evidence to decide?

Don’t compare yourself to others! Don’t compare what you have to what they have! Do not covet!

It’s all about love! Love God! Love your neighbor! It’s when we miss out on these two facts that we get off track and start heading in the wrong direction!

How long will you make God wait? He is patient and desires that nobody would perish!

But not everyone will decide to choose Him and His way!

So as today’s reading concludes in Galatians, let’s read through it together and ponder where we are at and how we will respond to the call of God! Will you believe? Will you have faith? Will you give yourself to God and be adopted into His family?

Faith or Works of the Law

1You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. 2I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? 3Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh? 4Have you experienced so much in vain—if it really was in vain? 5So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard? 6So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”
7Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham. 8Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” 9So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.
10For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” 11Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.” 12The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, it says, “The person who does these things will live by them.” 13Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” 14He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

The Law and the Promise

15Brothers and sisters, let me take an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or add to a human covenant that has been duly established, so it is in this case. 16The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,” meaning one person, who is Christ. 17What I mean is this: The law, introduced 430 years later, does not set aside the covenant previously established by God and thus do away with the promise. 18For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on the promise; but God in his grace gave it to Abraham through a promise.
19Why, then, was the law given at all? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come. The law was given through angels and entrusted to a mediator. 20A mediator, however, implies more than one party; but God is one.
21Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law. 22But Scripture has locked up everything under the control of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.

Children of God

23Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. 24So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. 25Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.
26So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29If you belong to Christ, then you are Abrahamʼs seed, and heirs according to the promise.

–Galatians 3


Today’s Reading: Ezekiel 19, 20, Galatians 3

Can you hear me now? Are you listening?

What will help you hear? What will help you listen? Is it the words? Is it the body language? Is it the tone? Is it the environment?

Is the environment too loud? Can you hear me now?

Are my words unclear? Can you hear me now?

Does my body language confuse or distract you? Can you hear me now?

Is my tone off? Can you hear me now?

Well, maybe today is the day! Maybe today is the day that everything will align and the words will be heard! Maybe today everything will align in a way that you will be able to hear the message!

It takes two people to have a conversation! They have to be willing to speak and to listen otherwise they are just talking. Are you ready to hear? What if it is something that will change your life forever?

Consider Jeremiah’s words and how they can be relevant today. Consider how you would respond to such a situation. Consider how you would reflect upon the words and live out your life?

12Then Jeremiah said to all the officials and all the people: “The Lord sent me to prophesy against this house and this city all the things you have heard. 13Now reform your ways and your actions and obey the Lord your God. Then the Lord will relent and not bring the disaster he has pronounced against you. 14As for me, I am in your hands; do with me whatever you think is good and right. 15Be assured, however, that if you put me to death, you will bring the guilt of innocent blood on yourselves and on this city and on those who live in it, for in truth the Lord has sent me to you to speak all these words in your hearing.”

–from Jeremiah 26

Will you choose today to listen to God’s Word and turn back to Him? Humble yourself and ask for forgiveness? Ask Jesus into your heart and be transformed?

Can you hear me now?

Do you need an example to understand better? God provides a visual for Jeremiah to use too in today’s reading…

The Rekabites

1This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord during the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah: 2“Go to the Rekabite family and invite them to come to one of the side rooms of the house of the Lord and give them wine to drink.”
3So I went to get Jaazaniah son of Jeremiah, the son of Habazziniah, and his brothers and all his sons—the whole family of the Rekabites. 4I brought them into the house of the Lord, into the room of the sons of Hanan son of Igdaliah the man of God. It was next to the room of the officials, which was over that of Maaseiah son of Shallum the doorkeeper. 5Then I set bowls full of wine and some cups before the Rekabites and said to them, “Drink some wine.”
6But they replied, “We do not drink wine, because our forefather Jehonadab son of Rekab gave us this command: ‘Neither you nor your descendants must ever drink wine. 7Also you must never build houses, sow seed or plant vineyards; you must never have any of these things, but must always live in tents. Then you will live a long time in the land where you are nomads.’ 8We have obeyed everything our forefather Jehonadab son of Rekab commanded us. Neither we nor our wives nor our sons and daughters have ever drunk wine 9or built houses to live in or had vineyards, fields or crops. 10We have lived in tents and have fully obeyed everything our forefather Jehonadab commanded us. 11But when Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon invaded this land, we said, ‘Come, we must go to Jerusalem to escape the Babylonian and Aramean armies.’ So we have remained in Jerusalem.”
12Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying: 13“This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Go and tell the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, ‘Will you not learn a lesson and obey my words?’ declares the Lord. 14‘Jehonadab son of Rekab ordered his descendants not to drink wine and this command has been kept. To this day they do not drink wine, because they obey their forefatherʼs command. But I have spoken to you again and again, yet you have not obeyed me. 15Again and again I sent all my servants the prophets to you. They said, “Each of you must turn from your wicked ways and reform your actions; do not follow other gods to serve them. Then you will live in the land I have given to you and your ancestors.” But you have not paid attention or listened to me. 16The descendants of Jehonadab son of Rekab have carried out the command their forefather gave them, but these people have not obeyed me.’
17“Therefore this is what the Lord God Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘Listen! I am going to bring on Judah and on everyone living in Jerusalem every disaster I pronounced against them. I spoke to them, but they did not listen; I called to them, but they did not answer.’ ”
18Then Jeremiah said to the family of the Rekabites, “This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘You have obeyed the command of your forefather Jehonadab and have followed all his instructions and have done everything he ordered.’ 19Therefore this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘Jehonadab son of Rekab will never fail to have a descendant to serve me.’ ”

–from Jeremiah 35

What will it take for you to hear from God and turn back to Him? God’s Word tells us if His people who are called by His name will turn from their wicked ways, humble themselves and pray, He will hear from heaven and heal their land! Don’t we need that right here and right now?

Can you hear me now?

Or would you need it in writing instead of being spoken? So a letter? a blog post? a sign? Or would you reject that even more?

Today’s reading shows how a scroll is used by God through Jeremiah…

Jehoiakim Burns Jeremiahʼs Scroll

1In the fourth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, this word came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2“Take a scroll and write on it all the words I have spoken to you concerning Israel, Judah and all the other nations from the time I began speaking to you in the reign of Josiah till now. 3Perhaps when the people of Judah hear about every disaster I plan to inflict on them, they will each turn from their wicked ways; then I will forgive their wickedness and their sin.”
4So Jeremiah called Baruch son of Neriah, and while Jeremiah dictated all the words the Lord had spoken to him, Baruch wrote them on the scroll. 5Then Jeremiah told Baruch, “I am restricted; I am not allowed to go to the Lordʼs temple. 6So you go to the house of the Lord on a day of fasting and read to the people from the scroll the words of the Lord that you wrote as I dictated. Read them to all the people of Judah who come in from their towns. 7Perhaps they will bring their petition before the Lord and will each turn from their wicked ways, for the anger and wrath pronounced against this people by the Lord are great.”
8Baruch son of Neriah did everything Jeremiah the prophet told him to do; at the Lordʼs temple he read the words of the Lord from the scroll. 9In the ninth month of the fifth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, a time of fasting before the Lord was proclaimed for all the people in Jerusalem and those who had come from the towns of Judah. 10From the room of Gemariah son of Shaphan the secretary, which was in the upper courtyard at the entrance of the New Gate of the temple, Baruch read to all the people at the Lordʼs temple the words of Jeremiah from the scroll.
11When Micaiah son of Gemariah, the son of Shaphan, heard all the words of the Lord from the scroll, 12he went down to the secretaryʼs room in the royal palace, where all the officials were sitting: Elishama the secretary, Delaiah son of Shemaiah, Elnathan son of Akbor, Gemariah son of Shaphan, Zedekiah son of Hananiah, and all the other officials. 13After Micaiah told them everything he had heard Baruch read to the people from the scroll, 14all the officials sent Jehudi son of Nethaniah, the son of Shelemiah, the son of Cushi, to say to Baruch, “Bring the scroll from which you have read to the people and come.” So Baruch son of Neriah went to them with the scroll in his hand. 15They said to him, “Sit down, please, and read it to us.”
So Baruch read it to them. 16When they heard all these words, they looked at each other in fear and said to Baruch, “We must report all these words to the king.” 17Then they asked Baruch, “Tell us, how did you come to write all this? Did Jeremiah dictate it?”
18“Yes,” Baruch replied, “he dictated all these words to me, and I wrote them in ink on the scroll.”
19Then the officials said to Baruch, “You and Jeremiah, go and hide. Donʼt let anyone know where you are.”
20After they put the scroll in the room of Elishama the secretary, they went to the king in the courtyard and reported everything to him. 21The king sent Jehudi to get the scroll, and Jehudi brought it from the room of Elishama the secretary and read it to the king and all the officials standing beside him. 22It was the ninth month and the king was sitting in the winter apartment, with a fire burning in the firepot in front of him. 23Whenever Jehudi had read three or four columns of the scroll, the king cut them off with a scribeʼs knife and threw them into the firepot, until the entire scroll was burned in the fire. 24The king and all his attendants who heard all these words showed no fear, nor did they tear their clothes. 25Even though Elnathan, Delaiah and Gemariah urged the king not to burn the scroll, he would not listen to them. 26Instead, the king commanded Jerahmeel, a son of the king, Seraiah son of Azriel and Shelemiah son of Abdeel to arrest Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah the prophet. But the Lord had hidden them.
27After the king burned the scroll containing the words that Baruch had written at Jeremiahʼs dictation, the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: 28“Take another scroll and write on it all the words that were on the first scroll, which Jehoiakim king of Judah burned up. 29Also tell Jehoiakim king of Judah, ‘This is what the Lord says: You burned that scroll and said, “Why did you write on it that the king of Babylon would certainly come and destroy this land and wipe from it both man and beast?” 30Therefore this is what the Lord says about Jehoiakim king of Judah: He will have no one to sit on the throne of David; his body will be thrown out and exposed to the heat by day and the frost by night. 31I will punish him and his children and his attendants for their wickedness; I will bring on them and those living in Jerusalem and the people of Judah every disaster I pronounced against them, because they have not listened.’ ”
32So Jeremiah took another scroll and gave it to the scribe Baruch son of Neriah, and as Jeremiah dictated, Baruch wrote on it all the words of the scroll that Jehoiakim king of Judah had burned in the fire. And many similar words were added to them.

–from Jeremiah 36

Today matters! Today you can make a difference Today is the day that the Lord has made, so let’s rejoice and be glad in it! What are you going to do with your today? What are you going to do about what you have heard? What are you going to do about what you have read? Can you hear me now?

What do you think we deserve? What do you think should happen? Do you know what grace is? (the free and unmerited favor of God) Do you know what mercy is? (compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm)

Today you get to decide! Today you get to choose! So choose wisely! Seek wisdom! Seek discernment! And make your stand! Choose wisely!

Godʼs Righteous Judgment

1You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. 2Now we know that Godʼs judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. 3So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape Godʼs judgment? 4Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that Godʼs kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?
5But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of Godʼs wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. 6God “will repay each person according to what they have done.” 7To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. 8But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. 9There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; 10but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 11For God does not show favoritism.
12All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. 13For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in Godʼs sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. 14(Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.) 16This will take place on the day when God judges peopleʼs secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.

The Jews and the Law

17Now you, if you call yourself a Jew; if you rely on the law and boast in God; 18if you know his will and approve of what is superior because you are instructed by the law; 19if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in the dark, 20an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of little children, because you have in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth— 21you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal? 22You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23You who boast in the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law? 24As it is written: “Godʼs name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”
25Circumcision has value if you observe the law, but if you break the law, you have become as though you had not been circumcised. 26So then, if those who are not circumcised keep the lawʼs requirements, will they not be regarded as though they were circumcised? 27The one who is not circumcised physically and yet obeys the law will condemn you who, even though you have the written code and circumcision, are a lawbreaker.
28A person is not a Jew who is one only outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical. 29No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a personʼs praise is not from other people, but from God.

–from Romans 2


Today’s reading was from Jeremiah 26, 3536, and Romans 2.