If ye love me, keep my commandments. (KJV)
One of the ways we can show that we love and value someone is to follow their set objectives and instructions. In our Bible reading, when Christ was to leave, He charged His disciples to obey His commands as a sign of commitment to God. How often do we keep the Lord’s commands. The Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:1-17 forms a basis for serving and pleasing God. Let’s take a look!
- You shall have no other gods before Me.
There’s only one God (1 Corinthians 8:6), and the way to Him is through Jesus Christ (John 3:3, 1 Timothy 2:5). Do you know your God—have you consciously or unknowingly replaced Him with other things and activities? Watch it, for, the Lord will never share His glory with anybody or image (Isaiah 42:8). Whatever you place value on than your maker lures you into danger and sin against God.
- You shall make no idols.
The world may seem to have moved on from the old traditions that our forefathers practised. But I tell you, some of us still retain idols in our hearts. When believers reverence their pastors than the Creator, perhaps because God is not of physical presence (John 4:23-24), it is synonymous to idolatry. In fact, people now idolise their spouse, children, money, jewellery and properties, among other mundane things. The truth is this: All these shall vanish, expect the only true God in Heaven (Jeremiah 10:1-16) or how can something you carry be your god when there is a God who carries us? (Matthew 11:28-30). Think on this, and if there be any secret idol in your life, denounce it and ask the Lord for mercy.
Beloved, there is a gift that comes with our obedience to God’s principles. It is the Holy Spirit. After Jesus admonished the disciples to keep His commands, He then said: And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— (John 14:16—NIV). Nobody can do anything except they are inspired by the Holy Spirit. The Spirit helps us subject our bodies and hearts to conform to divine leading. Are you struggling with obeying God? Examine yourself to identify any areas you are lagging behind. Repent and ask for an infilling of the Spirit of God. You shall find it sweeter than ever to honour thy God.
Hymn: Faith of Our Fathers, Living Still — Frederick William Faber (1849)
- Confess your sins and say: Father, help me to keep Your commands without objection.
- Father, rescue the Church and I from false doctrines, self-made idols, and worldly belief.
- Lord Jesus, please cause me to be humble, respectful, forgiving and love without conditions.
- Holy Spirit, possess my life, my family and the Church with a new dimension of obedience, sacrificial service and glory.
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