Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 49:23-50:46 (additional reading: Psalm 97:1-98:9 & Proverbs 26:13-16)
In the scripture that we have read today, there is a reference to setting up the standard or raising the banner. Scholars tell us that the word used here can mean a rallying point, a signal, a banner or a flag. And to set up the standard simply means to raise the flag.
A flag can tell us a lot about a nation or it’s people. A flag becomes a symbol of that body. It can become so revered, that it can cause men and women fight to their death for it’s cause. And a flag is usually on a pole at a high or prominent place to let everyone know who has occupied the place. God has planted His flag on our lives. It is up to us to chose to keep the flag high in our lives. But, sadly, too many Christian want to lower the flag.
1 Peter 2.9 says “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own peculiar people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light.” That means that as God’s children, we have many identities. As a chosen generation, we are adopted family members who have been offered salvation. As a royal priesthood, we have a responsibility from the King to be leaders in this world of darkness. As a holy nation, we are a tribe of saints who are gathered in a troop to swarm in to the enemy under the guidance of our commander. As a peculiar people, we are God’s special treasure that He alone possesses.
Just like the flag, or lives should be high and prominent point to God in our lives. Our testimony and witnessing are evidence of God’s work in us and through us. “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who wins souls is wise.” Proverbs 11:30 Testimony and witnessing are evidence of our obedience. “You are the light of the world . . . Let your light so shine before men.” Matthew 5:14, 16
Are we allowing the world to compel us to lower our flag? Have we lowered the flag of our identity, the flag of our testimony, the flag of our separation? Are we treating the banner of the Lord with less reverence? Are we continuing to fight the good fight, or have we lowered the flag? If you looked at your life, is it obvious that you belong to God?