Reverting to type

Its easy to revert to type at work.

This phrase is talking about behaving as I used to before I became a Christian and with Gods help had the beautiful life guidance from Scripture within me and doing so in order to fit in with those around me so as not to stand out and be open to ridicule or challenge.

The Bible says this in 1 Corinthians chapter 10 .. “Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.” Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell;  nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents;  nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer. Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. “

Israel’s experience in Egypt and in the wilderness is an object lesson that God desires us to reflect on frequently. These lessons are most forcefully brought to the fore during the spring as even today the Jewish nation begin rehearsing God’s plan of salvation in their annual holy days.

Once freed from their slavery to Egypt, it took the Israelites just seven days to cross the Red Sea, breaking completely clear of Egyptian control. In dramatic contrast, it took them forty years to walk the remaining few hundred miles! During this trek, every man of war numbered in the first census after leaving Egypt—with the exception of Joshua and Caleb—died without reaching the Promised Land. 

Will we allow ourselves to match this miserable record by failing to maintain our liberty?

What a costly expedition! The New Testament section of the Bible in the book of Hebrews clarifies the cause of their failure more specifically:

For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses? Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.”

Clearly, they did not make the right efforts to defend their God-given liberties. Instead, they exacerbated their circumstances by failing to discipline themselves to submit to God’s rule over their lives, even though He freely rescued them from their slavery. They were unwilling to pay the costs of directing their lives as He commanded, despite knowing, through the many manifestations of His power, that He acted exactly as Moses had said He would.They reverted to type. 

Let’s therefore learn from this and while at work make sure we show Christ to others and not our old rotten self!

Have a great day

Mark

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