God is having a party at His house! Everyone who is someone is going to be there. If you serve the same God that I serve you know this party is going to be amazing! Jesus’ last party with His disciples went pretty well; we’re all still talking about it today.
God, who gets invited to dinner at your place? How do we get on your guest list?
“Walk blamelessly, act right, tell the truth. Whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no blame on others; who despises a vile person but honors those who fear God; keep your word even when it costs you, and does not change their mind; who lends money to the poor without interest; who does not accept a bribe against the innocent. You’ll never get blacklisted if you live like this.”
After reading through this passage of scripture, we can break it into 7 main points.
7 Points to get on the invite list for God’s party:
1. Walk blamelessly and act right
This means to be innocent of wrongdoings and acting right. The only way to learn how to do this properly is to be grounded in the word of God. The bible shows us how to live a life of righteousness.
2. Tell the truth and do not slander
Be honest; don’t lie. Do not talk bad about anyone. Remember that God loves them just as much as He loves you.
3. Do not wrong others or cast blame on them
Treat others the way that you wish to be treated. Respect everyone, even when they do not deserve it.
4. Despise the vile but honor those who fear God
Never despise any person; we are called to love everyone. Love the sinner, hate the sin. Don’t involve yourself with the vile. Show honor and respect to your brothers and sisters that fear God and are doing their best, don’t bring them down, lift them up.
5. Keep your word and don’t change your mind
Be a man or woman of your word. If you say you are going to do something, do it. Even if you don’t want to do it anymore, do it to keep your name in good standing. Walk in integrity!!!
6. Lend without interest
When a brother or sister in Christ needs help; help them! Expect nothing in return. This isn’t just financial; it is also speaking of being willing to give your time.
7. Accept no bribe
Bribes are typically illegal or centered on dishonest transactions. Avoid these things; turn from them and run. With everything you do, in the light and in the dark, let it be for God.
This list of 7 points seems very difficult; maybe even impossible! But there is good news. Lamentations 3:22-23 tells us that God’s mercies for us are new every morning. We are saved by grace, not by works. Jesus came and died for us because we were lost and unable to perfect the 7 points above. We do not have to be perfect. However, we do need to be trying. Philippians 2:12 tells us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. God knows our hearts; we will be welcomed into Heaven (His party) if we are truly doing our best to be the person that He has called us to be. I encourage you today, spend some time focusing on these 7 points above and press on! Keep on trying your best.
Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. – James 1:4