Committed to Christ
Category : General
Hosea 6: 1 (KJV)
1 Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.
American philosopher William James (1842-1910) once said, “The great use of life is to spend it for something that outlasts it.”
Christian stewardship is life lived in Christ, the life of discipleship. It takes seriously the psalmist’s affirmation that “the earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it” (Ps. 24:1). All of life relates to stewardship. Every aspect of Christian discipleship can be defined in terms of stewardship. I also want to say worship is stewardship of the faith God has given us. Worship in its fullest sense is our response to and an expression of that gift. It is more than a weekend obligation. It’s the stewardship of our relationship with God, creature connecting with Creator, the giving of ourselves to God through praise, prayer, and acts of commitment.
In this passage, the prophet Hosea calls out to his people, the people of Israel. They have wandered far away from the Lord and he issues a call for them to come back to God. It is a call for both personal and national revival. Israel had forsaken the way of the Lord and they had turned away from Him to worship the idols and false gods of the Canaanites. This is a call for them to repent of their sins and to turn their hearts back to the one true God. I also want to point out that V.2 of this passage is a prophecy of a future day when Israel will return to the Lord and He will heal them and restore them to a place of blessing.
We need to understand this truth: no one ever gets away with sin! When we allow sin to grow in our lives, we are inviting God to chastise us. He will use whatever means He finds necessary to get our attention. Like Absalom did to Joab, God will burn your barley fields if He has to in order to get your attention, 2 Sam. 14:28-32.
Have a great and godly day!