This week was a study on chapter one of Isaiah, which is basically an overview of the whole chapter, and after reading it and re-reading it, I realized that chapter one of Isaiah is also a pretty well defined premise of being a Christian. At the end of the study, it asked us to kind of summarize the chapter…basically put into words what you thought it meant, and this is what I wrote: “To be obediant to Him in every matter, to admit to Him our sins and stop doing them, to do all of these out of real love for Him, and to do good things out of love for Him, to stand up for what is right.”
I found that when I first read this chapter I had a pretty prideful view of myself, thinking, that I was a fairly righteous person, but through the questions asked in the book, and so on, I realized that I’m not very righteous. I have probably sinned in each and every way mentioned in the first chapter at some time or another. Granted, I have sought forgiveness for those things, but there are still things in my life that need to change. I find myself not very willing to step out of my shell and (Isaiah chapter 1:17) “learn to do good; seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the Fatherless, [and] Plead for the widow.” That is my sin. In all honesty here, I’m afraid of what doing that might mean, I’m afraid of the sacrifice it might mean, I’m having a lack of trust issue with God here. And so now, that I’ve admitted that, (I honestly feel a little lighter) I’m going to trust God to help me stop being that way. For the application of this study, I hope that out of my love for Christ, that I won’t hide what I really believe in, and that I will stand up for what is right. That I will trust in God to take care of the details and do what I need to do in order to be obediant. To reach out to those in need, and not be a hermit up in my castle.