Ezra Wept (@dotsters)

Ezra wept, prostrate in front of The Temple of God. As he prayed and confessed, a huge number of the men, women, and children of Israel gathered around him. All the people were now weeping as if their hearts would break.

As I am typing this I am listening to someone who I used to know preaching (on the TV) and he is talking about Job, and how the friends of Job were asking him what he had done and that he needed to repent! The verses from Ezra chapter 10 talk about Ezra and the people praying and confessing and weeping. They recognised that they had broken the ‘rules’ and were therefore doing wrong, they needed to stop doing wrong and start living the way God wanted them to live.

Through my job(s) I hear so many things that make me wonder about the way we live our lives today. But I also see things in my life that make me wonder why I continue to do things when I don’t want to do them. In Romans12:1 it says ‘I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.’ Amplified version.

I wonder what God must think of the way we live our lives and how we need to stop pretending that the way we live is devoted to him – our bodies, our faculties (what and how we wear our clothes, what we think and speak) I’m not saying we need to dress dowdily or not have a sense of humour, but that what we listen to, what we read, what we see is going to affect how we behave and so it was with the Israelites. They were so used to the people and the culture around them that they adapted and adopted the culture for their own, rather than living in the culture of the Kingdom of God. Today I do believe more and more that we have taken on the culture of the world which is too easy especially with the growth of the internet and other forms of social media and we should be thinking long and hard about how we live in the culture, but not be part of the culture. But it is hard isn’t it, easy to say, but so so hard to put it into practice. And yet…

Do we believe that God wants the best for us? Do we believe He loves us unconditionally? Then why don’t we behave as if that is the case?

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newly ordained as a priest and curate at Chester Cathedral, senior lecturer in Christian youth work, love singing, spending time with friends as long as i can have some space for me as well! most important people in my life, my family especially my 2 daughters. most important thing in my life - following Christ