[CF Devotionals] 2010-10-31 - The Eighth Commandment

The Ten Commandments ~ Part 50
Eighth Commandment, Part 6 ~ Conclusion

God's Standard for Us

All of this comes down to looking at life differently from the way the world does. Many things taken for granted as acceptable, are absolutely unacceptable for us as believers. Conversely, many things we should be doing as believers would be considered "nuts" by those around us. Remember what we have been told by Paul.

"… if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" therefore "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will" (2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 12:2). The world may think we are foolish … But ... "Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? … For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength" (1 Corinthians 1:20, 25).

We are called to a different standard, and it is by our keeping of that standard that the world around us is given the opportunity to see the Lord. How we appear isn't the real issue. We must ask: do we present the reality of the scripture, the reality of the presence of Christ in our lives, the reality of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit? We are called to a life of obedience, not out of fear of law, but out of love for the Father and a desire to please Him. We should work toward the day when the Lord can say:

"`Well done, my good servant!' … `Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities'" (Luke 19:17). " You shall not steal." In fact, "He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need." Then Lord first can say: "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." Then we can have the joy of hearing Him say: "Well done, my good servant!" (Exodus 20:15; Ephesians 4:28; Matthew 25:40). May our lives truly reflect this reality to those with whom we come in contact.

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