Good morning people who are responsible for setting an example worth following
Isaiah 2:3 NIV Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
While the government determines the legal laws of a country, it is the Church (Zion) that is called to set the moral laws. But the setting of these moral laws is not by decree, but by example.
Before the moral law goes out from the Church, the people of God must first go up to the mountain of the Lord and to the temple of God. It takes effort, intentionality and commitment to go up a mountain and to position yourself in the temple of God. But it is essential, because without it, the Church has no right to speak and no eternal substance to give.
On the mountain of the Lord and in the temple of God, He will teach us His ways, so that we may walk in His paths. We cannot walk in a way that we have not received revelation about. It must be God teaching us, and it must be His ways that we are being taught.
The order of this verse is imperative. The law must not go out from the Church until the Church has received it from the Lord, and very importantly, the Church is living according to God’s revealed law. We must remember that the primary purpose of God teaching us His ways is so that we (the Church) will walk in His paths. It is not primarily to demand a shift in the values of the world.
Hypocrisy is one of the greatest enemies to the Church having it’s rightful influence in the moral fibre of the world and to truth prevailing in the world. God’s order is: First in the Church, and then through the example of the Church to the world.
It’s time to shine Church!