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9:30 AM   [13 Dec 2011 | Tuesday]

Letters to Jesus (Contrary Spiritual Notions) - 14

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Dear Jesus,

  The sin of Moses and Aaron recorded in the Old Testament (Numbers 20:12) was that they were not fruitful in showing the sanctity of the Lord before the Israelites. I think what this means is that their own pride in their roles as mediators between God and the Israelites got in the way of how God’s people perceived His actions among them. With these roles as the most immediate scenario of their perception, Moses and Aaron became passively receptive to the imputation of God’s actions – as though they might have had more to do with it than being simply channels chosen by God.

   This kind of pride creeps easily into my own life. I commit the sin of Moses and Aaron when I fail to internally or externally credit God for His actions in my life or, through me, in the lives of others. It seems to be a sin on the rise. As a people we more and more credit things to ourselves unjustifiably. We hear fewer and fewer individuals crediting God with what they do. It’s not just a matter of doing this verbally or outwardly in some way. More importantly it seems we should be working on being able to consistently and automatically do this internally - recognizing and thanking God for what He does through us. When we master this our witness before others will seek to diminish ourselves and magnify God. How can we let the work of God shine through us when we keep getting in the way? But God knows well about this and His love never fails. Look at Moses and Aaron!

 

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