Leviticus 25:23 (NIV)
23 "'The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you are but aliens and my tenants.
In Leviticus 25:23-34 God gives the Israelites instructions on real estate transactions. He tells the Israelites what they can and cannot sell. What can we learn from this?
I believe the Holy Spirit used this passage to remind me today that there are some precious things God has given us that we must never sell. For example:
- Never sell your identity. One way Satan tries to destroy your life is to attack your identity. He will try to make you believe that you are something you're not and make you forget who you really are in Christ. He wants to make you think that either God doesn't love you or that God's love for you isn't enough. Don't ever trade your God-given identity as a beloved child of God who is forgiven, accepted, chosen by God and precious to Him, for some fake ID.
- Never sell your integrity. Don't compromise what you know is right for the sake of gaining some short term benefit. Trust God that when you seek His kingdom first and His righteousness, He will add everything you need (Matthew 6:33).
- Never sell your calling. Even before you were born, God already had a plan to use your life. Ephesians 2:10 says, "For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." God has a calling, a destiny, a best plan for your life. Don't sell that best plan or that calling by selling yourself short and settling for something less than God's very best plan for your life.
- Never sell your church. For an immature follower of Jesus, when things get busy, church is the first thing they sacrifice. Let's follow the example of our Master Jesus, who instead of selling out His church, gave His life for His church. To love Jesus is to love His bride the church. To follow Jesus is to be committed to His church.
Finally, Leviticus 25:23 is a good reminder that everything we have in life ultimately belongs to God. We don't own the talents, the time, the relationships, the opportunities and the dreams God has given us. Rather we are tenants, stewards, managers and trustees of what He has given. One day God will call us to give an account of what we did with what He gave us (2 Corinthians 5:10).
Let's be the best stewards we can be of every precious gift God has entrusted to us. It's all for Him and for His glory.
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