Friday, November 25, 2016

CORBAN CONCLUSION (Part 4 of 4)


CONCLUSION  
"May we, by our very lives and example, show how every area of life, private and public, should be equally ‘corban’ and thereby reveal the secret of our tranquillity of soul." MORDECAI

In no way should we take the duties of our office lightly, nor should we arrogantly dismiss the authority of those under whom we serve. Nor should we be blind to the calls of those who make demands upon us. But if we live in close and intimate harmony with God there will be times when we will be out of accord with men and misjudged for it. There are those who use their duties to others purely as a means of avoiding the service he requires (Luke 9:57-62) and expects. On the other hand there are those who deliberately or inadvertently neglect the needs at their door whilst ensuring that every religious duty expected of them is fulfilled. The way, thus, is a very narrow one and should we sensitively tread it we will be misjudged at times and be considered a party to those who care more for themselves than their Lord. That is part of the cost and the cross. But Christ makes us a promise, that ultimately they will know us all by our fruits and, as God told Eli, so indulgent with his sons, ‘I will honour those who honour me’ (1 Samuel 2:30, GNB).

May we avoid the snare that Isaiah warns us all to be wary of(29:13, GNB): ‘The Lord said, “These people claim to worship me,but their words are meaningless, and their hearts are somewhere else. Their religion is nothing but human rules and traditions, which they have simply memorised.”’ Jesus reiterates the danger for all religious men, ‘It is no use for them to worship me, because they teach man-made rules as though they were my laws!’ (Matthew 15:9, GNB).

Emlyn’s case is an extreme one and we would agree with his priorities, but there are others who are similarly tortured and need help to discover for themselves God’s prior demands in their lives, wherever that might lead them and whatever it might cost them. May we, by our very lives and example, show how every area of life, private and public, should be equally ‘corban’ and thereby reveal the secret of our tranquillity of soul.


Howard Webber
Bournemouth UK




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