Is God too controlling? Is Christianity all about adhering to rules? Or does God have a better motive than simply controlling your every move?
Our experience in this world is that obedience – especially to God – must lead to a miserable life. We are our own boss. We don’t have to listen to anyone. It wasn’t until I experienced the ramifications of my own poor choices that I understood God’s commands.
A.W. Tozer said, “We have learned to live with unholiness and have come to look upon it as the natural and expected thing.” Let me give you just one example: When my son, Jadyn, got engaged last year, many people were surprised, and even judged them somewhat – when they learned he and Cherise did not intend to live together before they got married. Though God says don’t, domestic partnership for couples has become the natural and expected thing.
Holiness was a big deal for the traditionalist, but in contemporary Christianity, does holiness really matter? It does! We’re told to pursue our own holiness because that is where we are safest. Yet, it seems today’s believers are not pursuing personal goal setting. Is it one of yours?
If we are justified by faith, made righteous through Jesus’ blood, why worry about it? We’ll still end up in the right place, won’t we? The Bible gives clear instructions. All believers are to be holy because God is holy. The problem is most of us do not understand holiness, or the reason God commands our obedience.
Obedience to God Comes First
God made sure His commandments were recorded, for a reason. Consequences. Like any good parent, God wants what is best for us. He knows the consequences we will experience when we step outside the protective boundaries of His will. Equally important to God are the promises for our obedience. He wants to bless us. Our obedience to God is important for our own sakes.
What you can do
One of my favorite online Bible resources is Biblestudytools.com.
- Do a topic search by typing in the word holy. Discover, for yourself, the instructions and the correlating promises.
- GOD has a personal word, for you! If you journal, record your insights. *Be sure to note the promises. “If you_, God will_”.
- Then decide. Is holiness a big deal – to YOU?
It’s always helpful to share your insights. If you feel comfortable, share your findings here. I would be honored to be your accountability partner.
Bless you, my friend.
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