2015-08-09 - The Eighth Commandment
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:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." (2 Cor. 5:17 ESV).
Just because the world may think we are foolish …
“Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? … For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men” (1 Corinthians 1:20, 25 ESV).
We are called to a different standard and it is by our keeping it that the world 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:
“And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant! Because you have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten cities” (Luke 19:17 ESV).
To be Continued.
Pastor Geoff Kragen
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