End Justifies the Means?

Scripture: Genesis 27

The “ends justifying the means” usually involves doing something wrong (the means) to achieve a positive end (or goal) and justifying the wrongdoing by pointing to a good outcome. An example would be lying on a resume to get a good job and justifying the lie by saying the larger income will enable the liar to provide more adequately for his family. Another might be justifying the abortion and death of a baby to save the life of the mother. Lying and taking an innocent life are both morally wrong, but providing for one’s family and saving the life of a woman are morally right. Where, then, does one draw the line?

As we return to our Origins Stories from the Genesis, the book of Beginnings, we will take a look at a familiar event in the life of Jacob and Esau – the feuding brothers. Turn with me to Genesis chapter 27, or open the Digital Bulletin app on your phone.

Our Response

  • 1 Corinthians 10:31 – Whatever you do Glorify God!
  • 2 Corinthians 5:9 – Please Him. We will be judged.
  • Revelation 14:12 – Have endurance. Keep the commandments!
  • Romans 2:6-8 – Eternal life or wrath and fury
  • James 1:25 –Obeys God’s Word and be blessed
  • James 3:13-18 – Wisdom from world or wisdom from above?
  • 1 Peter 1:13-25 – God judges your actions. Be holy. Obey the truth. Love each other. God’s Word remains forever. Follow it.

Ultimately we are called to honor and glorify God in all that we do. We are His representatives or ambassadors to the whole world. We are here to show what He is like. If we trust His goodness and His promises, we can have the faith to obey Him no matter how difficult our situation might be. No matter how much sense it seems to make to bend the rules to do something we think is good or right. God calls us to be Holy or right just like Jesus.