Remnant Makers

2 12 2006

scripture:
Romans 9:27-28
(NIV) 27Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: "Though the number of the Israelites be like the sand by the sea, only the remnant will be saved. 28For the Lord will carry out his sentence on earth with speed and finality."[ k] (Isaiah 10:22,23)

Romans 10:9-10 (NIV) 9That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.

observations:
In a word, many are called — few are chosen.  Israel rejected God and God went to the Gentiles (us).  We are spiritual Israel and we have inherited all of the promises and covenants made to Israel.  Our numbers are many — estimated to be over 1/3 of the 6 billion people on the planet — not to mention how many have lived and already died.  However, Paul is telling us — quoting Isaiah — that only "the remnant" will be saved.  We are told that only one in 20 of current church goers really get it.  So, mathematically, there are only about 100 million people who are walking with Jesus in a way that allows them to be considered a part of the remnant.  In some ways, this seems like a pathetic few — in other ways I wonder, "are there really that many sheep amongst the goats?"

However, according to Romans 10:9-10, it really isn’t that hard to be saved.  Why then are so few on this path?  Why will only a remnant be saved?  Why won’t more people make the commitment?  Could it be that they don’t really want to be saved?  Could it be that we want to be saved, but we don’t have it in us to stay saved?

application:
Like any journey, we have to prepare for the rigors of the journey.  One doesn’t just get up one morning and decide to run a marathon, or climb Mt. Everest.  We have to plan, prepare, and follow through.

prayer:
Father God — I’m ready to make this journey.

gw

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