Taking a stand

Cat on the wall is a common metaphor. The cat could jump on either side as it feels comfortable or safe. And it can take a long time to make up its mind. They are like cats, unable to make decisions. Millions are in the valley of decision. (Joel 3: 14)

Shameful event
When Moses along with Joshua went up to Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments, Aaron misled people into worshiping a calf. Moses broke the tablets of stone and rebuked Aaron and the people. God’s judgment came upon the people. “Moses stood in the gate of the camp and said, “Who is on the LORD’s side? Come to me.” And all the sons of Levi gathered around him.” (Exodus 32:26) Levites took a quick, wise, right, and mature decision.

Sober minded
Peter writes that believers should be sober-minded. That means the renewed mind is prepared for action. (I Peter 1:13) The Levites had such a mind to take a stand for the Lord. David and his men lost everything, they were not sober-minded but confused and emotionally overwhelmed. They wanted to stone David. However, David was sober-minded and he strengthened himself in the Lord. (I Samuel 30:6) Aaron was not sober minded to stop the foolish idol worship.

Decision
Accepting or acknowledging the Lord as the Saviour of the world and the gospel of truth is not enough. It is essential to make a decision, the act of will and our whole being. Good intentions are not good decisions. Indecisive Aaron allowed people to make stupid decisions.

Action
The Levites had to act. They cannot simply stand as spectators. Listening to Moses’ call, they responded by coming to the side of Moses. Decision without action is like being paralyzed. Good decisions are followed by responsible action.

Separation
Separation from evil and for God. Levites had to separate from all others. It means to love God more than any of the relations in the world. The love for the people would look like hate when compared to the love for the Lord. (Matthew 10:34-39)

Have I taken the right stand?

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