Glue Your Self To God

Joshua 23 contains some of Joshua’s last words to Israel before he dies. He wanted to impress upon them some things that he didn’t want them to forget after he is gone. In vs. 8 he emphatically says to them, “But cleave unto the Lord your God.” Do you know what it means to “cleave unto the Lord your God”? To cleave to something, according to Webster, is to “adhere, or cling” to that thing. A synonym is to “stick”. To adhere to something, Webster says, means to “maintain loyalty to that thing, or to hold fast or stick by it as if by gluing, suction, grasping or fusion”. Joshua told them they were to do that with God. They were to cling to Him, adhere to what He said, stick with Him, or if you will, even glue their selves to the Lord. At our house, we use Glad—Cling Wrap, because it seems to cling to or stick to the tops of bowls that we want to cover, or to meat we want to wrap, etc., better than the other brands. Linda is better at doing it than I am. Whenever I tear a piece of it off to use, I have trouble keeping it from clinging to its self, or to me. I heard someone use this phrase recently of gluing ourselves to the Lord, and I think I like the idea of gluing ourselves to the Lord, better than I do cleaving or clinging. I was thinking of one of the old commercials on TV years ago when Crazy glue first came out. You’ll date yourself if you can remember the guy putting Crazy Glue on his construction helmet and sticking it to a steel beam, and there he was dangling from the beam, with his feet hanging from the ground. Crazy Glue was holding him up. The idea was that if Crazy Glue can hold this guy up it sure ought to be able to hold your broken dish that you glued back together with it. God will hold us and keep us like that, if we want to be kept, but He won’t hold us against our will. So, it is up to us to make an effort to cleave, or cling, to Him. He’s already made His effort for us on the cross. Hebrews 13:5 says about God, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” So, if there’s a problem, that’s not where the problem lies. The problem is that we are often quick to leave Him! So it is us that need to glue ourselves to Him, not visaversa. How do we go about gluing ourselves to the Lord? You have to get saved first, but unless you glue yourself to Him after you get saved, chances are good that you might find yourself straying from Him down the road. To stay glued to Him you must be 100 % committed to Him. The only way to be a Christian is to be one 100 % of the time. Just trying to be one on Sunday won’t cut it. Even trying to be one all week except for Saturday night, isn’t enough either. The only way you’ll be 100 % committed to God is if you commit everything about you to Him, and that won’t happen by chance or accident. So, to stay glued to Him you must completely surrender your will to His will. Have you done that? To stay glued to the Lord we absolutely must stay glued to His Word, the Bible. And it won’t do you any good to read it each day unless you obey and do what it says to do. In Joshua 23:7 they were exhorted to avoid the contamination of the heathen societies all around them and especially to avoid the sin of idolatry. But we don’t have to worship a Canaanite idol to practice idolatry. Anything that takes the place of God in our heart and life can become our idol. And in light of all the people these days that think you can be a Christian without being a part of a church somewhere, I’m going to buck the tide and say you had better find a Bible-believing church somewhere you can attend and be accountable to if you would stay glued to Him. We are all surrounded by those who live worldly, unholy lives. The influence of their ungodly example is powerful. We all must live in this world but yet not allow ourselves to be of this world. Remember, a boat in the water is there by design, but water in the boat is a disaster. So, if we are going to stay glued to the Lord we must be very firm in resisting the temptation to do things the world’s way. And we must reject sin at every juncture in the road and not let it into our boat. I would glue all my loved ones to the Lord if I had a say in it, but I don’t. Only you can glue yourself to the Lord. No one can do it for you. Once you do it, if you’re determined to stay there, and if you will walk in the light and obey His Word, no person, no demon, no situation, nothing, by itself can ever cause you to come unglued! Only you can do that by taking your all off of the altar and going back on your commitment to the Lord! Yet Christians in our day do it every day. Have you ever been, or are you still glued to the Lord? If you want to survive the rough days that certainly lie ahead you had better make sure you are. Rev. Darrell Nicklow Orbisonia Church Of The Nazarene—447-3640

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