Michelle Getz - God’s balances – Palmer AK - 2009 October 14

[Hymn] #184, #92.

There are a number of pictures we have in the Bible that we will one day be judged by, and we will either have the approval of God or have His disapproval. I have been thinking of the picture of a balance – like two pans with a rod between them with weights in one weighing the items in the other one. (Dan. 5:27), Belshazzar the king was told, “Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.” Belshazzar had lifted himself up against God and loved gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone and praised them.

Mt. 7: 20-23. There were those doing things in the name of the Lord prophesying and casting out devils, but the Lord said, “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” They were doing good things but didn’t measure up to what God was seeking for. God’s balance is just. He uses the same weights for each of us and at all times. The weights in the bag are His works so that is what is the balance.

In Isaiah (55:8,9), God’s thoughts and His ways are higher than our thoughts and ways. There is no way we could ever do anything that would measure up and balance that scale if it is just of self. When God’s work is being done in our life then the balance will be balanced. His works will balance out because He was doing a work in our life. Weights that are the same will be balanced. If God is doing a work in our life we will be balanced.

Jn. 13, when Jesus and His disciples were together, Jesus got up and washed their feet. This day that hadn’t been done when they came in the door, but Jesus got up and washed their feet. V. 12, “Know ye what I have done to you?” V. 14, “If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.” One of the weights that God uses is are we willing to humble ourselves and take the place in feeling a need even in our brother’s lives. We wash one another’s feet when we are willing to share a little bit of what God has shared with us. The word of God is like water and has cleansing power. As we walk in this world the dust clings to us, and we need cleansing. We could be critical of the dirt and dust that has collected on another but we could do what Jesus did and wash their feet and share a little with our brother. Be willing to take that place of serving one another in that way.

Jn. 15:12, “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.” God uses the love of Jesus toward us and do we have that same love toward others? Jesus’ love is different from a human love…. the godly love that is willing to pay any price to help another spiritually. V. 13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” The cost wasn’t too great for Jesus to pay because He loved us and He was willing to do that. This is the type of love God wants to put in our hearts that will pay any price and sacrifice in order to help another spiritually.

Abigail in I Sam.25. Here is a picture of her washing David’s feet and loving him with the same kind of love. She took a large provision. It would have come at a cost. She humbled herself and took the blame for what Nabal had done. Then she encouraged him to do what is right in the eyes of God letting go of his anger and letting God take care of the situation. She didn’t count the cost too great to humble herself and to ask that David would accept her apology for what had been done. She wasn’t afraid to share the words of God that would help David be cleansed of self. God wants to work that quality in our life that we would be like His Son.

Lk. 23:34,”Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” Are we willing to forgive as Jesus forgave? When Jesus spoke those words there was no repentance from those that put Him on the cross. We can forgive before another repents. It opens the door so when they would repent, reconciliation takes place quickly. Unforgiveness makes our hearts hard and bitter and resentful, but when we forgive it softens our heart and forgiveness is maybe more for our own heart to begin with than for the other. Part of the weight that God puts on the balance is whether we forgive. God is anxious to work a work in our life. Let Him do that work so when we are put on the balance, it will balance because God’s work in our lives will have been done.