By Pastor William F. Kumuyi
It was as a result of the obedience of the Lord Jesus to the Father’s instruction that He died for our sins. Likewise, you are to measure your obedience to the commandments of the LORD by the obedience of Jesus Christ. Your obedience to God should not be tied or based on man’s actions and inact-ions towards you.
Sometimes there are people who let their guard down because of the hurt inflicted on them by others. They will come up with such line as, “I have been keeping the commandment of Jesus Christ until Bro X offended me. After the offence, I got up and asked myself why I’m I taking this? And why I’m I still obeying the commandments of God after Bro X humiliated me in that manner?
Is it because Bro X backslide that you too want to backslide? Is it as a result of that that you have chosen to retaliate by stepping out of bounds? Is that man strong enough to pull you away from the grace of God?
I heard of a lady whose husband, actually he brought her up into the faith, messed up himself. As a result of that let down, she was so devastated that she swore to do worse things than he did. She resolved to teach him a lesson he will never forget in a hurry. In fact, she was really at it that she said that when she eventually gets to hell she will remind him that he was the cause. She was prepared to go to hell because her husband chose that same path. But I will not go to hell because of anybody.
How do you go to hell for somebody simply because you needed to retaliate? It is simply unheard of to even think of trying to go to hell because someone played a fast one on you.
Somebody said, I was a zealous worker in my local church until that other person did something that hurt me. As a consequence, I will forsake the work of God so that I will teach him a lesson. Well, if you forsake the work of God, you will lose your crown of glory and your heavenly reward because of that person. But I am not going to lose my reward because of anybody. I will serve the Lord. I believe that I am talking to somebody.
Psalms 119:60 “I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments.”
Our attitude, at all times, should be first and foremost to keep and uphold the commandments of God. Whatever people do, whatever challenges that may come your way and whatever disappointments you may suffer as a result of other people’s failures, your resolve should be to serve the Lord.
Psalms 119:127-128 “Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold. Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.”
As children of God, God expects nothing less than our unalloyed loyalty and love for the commandments He forged from the pearly gates of heaven, and because of the unequalled sacrifice of Christ at Calvary.
I John 2:3-6 “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.”
I John 5:3 “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.”
The commandments of God are not difficult and oppressive, but are delightful to obey.
The sweet Psalmist of Israel, David the king puts it thus in Psalms 19:8,10 “The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.”
Job 23:12 “Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.”
Take a little bit of time to think about the importance of food for the survival of man and how special your favourite meal is to you. I guess that it may be one of the happy hours of your life when eating that delicious delicacy. If you can imagine the excitement while taking your most appealing meal, then bring it side by side with the scintillating word of God. The pro-phet Job counts the commandments of God pleasant and delightful and he enjoys them much more than his necessary food. That should be the attitude of a real child of God.
Jeremiah 15:16 “Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.”
Jeremiah is not the kind of person you force to read and learn from the Bible. He is not the sort of person you compel to attend the worship service or the midweek service in the house of God. Such a mannerism is what God the Father loves to see from His children.
Revelation 14:12 “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.”
Revelation 22:12-14 “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.”
The people that enjoy the manifold blessings of God are the ones that do His commandments and not the ones that know it in their head or in their mind, but never take time to coach themselves on the importance of obeying the word of God. I pray that you will become one of them that will have access into heaven the city of God in Jesus name.