Please Keep Upright

I have a bulk, plastic container of dish soap with a sticker boldly requesting, “Please keep upright.”  It is plainly said, implying dire consequences if the large bottle is not kept upright, which would be soap leaking over the counter, the sink and floor.  The soap company sweetly warn us against the dire consequences.  They don’t need to come and demonstrate the dire consequences to each customer.  Anyone with elementary reading skills would be foolish or thoughtless not to obey the instructions!

The soap container warning has a spiritual slant.  God is upright, just, sinless, faithful and perfect (Deuteronomy 32:4).  David was upright and warned Solomon to be upright, too (1 Kings 3:6; 9:4).  Job was upright, blameless of evil doing and feared God (Job 1:1, 8).  Since God invented uprightness, He can instruct people about it (Psalms 25:8).  His instructions are in the Bible with plenty of examples (Psalms 25:8).  God doesn’t leave the dire consequences to our imagination.  He explains that if we tip over and spill our souls out over the earth, there won’t be anything left of us to get to heaven.  He, like the soap company, doesn’t have to come to each of us and demonstrate the consequences.  It’s in the Bible.  People who don’t keep upright are called perverted, evil, walkers in darkness, perverse, crooked and devious (Proverbs 2:6-15).  God created humans upright, but we like to find ways to tip over (Ecclesiastes 7:29).

Wise people seek to practice walking upright, but “unwise” people (foolish, thoughtless) stumble over or ignore the instructions.  Paul made a list of the uprightness qualities and immediately spelled out the tipped-over qualities (Titus 1:5-16).  God’s scepter is called “Uprightness” and He rules His kingdom with it, and He expects anyone who wants to live in heaven to keep upright, too (Hebrews 1:8).  Tipped over souls are not capable of dripping through the pearly gates.  Please keep upright.

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Wouldn’t It Be Nice?

Back in the day of Zechariah, a Jewish high priest, about five hundred years before Jesus arrived on earth as the Christ, God told His people that if they would love truth and peace in every aspect of their government and personal lives, then they would be such a blessing on the world that folks from every nation would be grabbing them in the streets, begging them to be allowed to worship Jehovah God, too. Why? Because they would have heard that God was with the Jews!

If we and our family, our church, our neighborhood, our city, our country would not only love peace and truth, but would also behave like we loved peace and truth, then people from around the world would be begging to be with us, live around us, and worship Jehovah God with us; because peace and truth apparently are evidence that God is among us.

Wouldn’t it be marvelous if, when we’re in town, people would desire to grab us and beg to come and worship God with us? That would be like…wow!

“Many peoples…shall come to seek the LORD of hosts…men from the nations…shall take hold of the robe of a Jew, saying, ‘Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.'” Zechariah 8:22-23 ESV

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