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OBEY BE


 ((All verses from the KJV):

– Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. – 1 Samuel 15:22
– Better is a dry morsel and quietness than a house full of sacrifice with strife. – Proverbs 17:1

     God commands all of us to live in accordance with Scripture first and foremost, not to live just by doing things we perceive to be right in our own eyes, even if we are doing them for Him (Judges 17:6, Judges 18:1, Judges 21:25, 1 Chronicles 13:4, 2 Samuel 7:1-7, Deuteronomy 12:8, Proverbs 14:12). Paul tells us in Philippians 2:20 that “For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ”. We are to fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man (Ecclesiastes 12:13). To do things which are right in His eyes (Deuteronomy 13:18).

     To me, there is way too much busy-ness and business within Christianity. There is no place for harried, stressed-out, questioning Christians … when the eternal destiny of souls is at stake. What kind of testimony does that give to unbelievers? Why would they want to be like us? God is not the author of confusion, but of peace (1 Corinthians 14:33). But modern Christianity has created a checklist culture – especially within churches – of doing things we think that must be right in His eyes. Doing them can quickly cause believers to start behaving like employees, not servants … and lock them into business-like roles in their Christian life …and they can tragically miss out on God’s good, perfect and pleasing will for them (Romans 12:1-2).

     Day after day, many new Christian organizations, churches, schools, etc., are being planted and launched around the world with the “it is right in our eyes” mentality – even though God may have something entirely different in mind – or nothing at all for the time being. God may want us to wait to purify our motives for what we are doing (and why) for Him (1 Chronicles 28:9). All these different projects being done in His name easily create a culture of Christian competition and contention, instead of cooperation and conviction. Fund-raising to maintain their existence quickly starts to trump soul-saving.

     Obedience and repentance must come first before our “sacrifices” for Him. Without repentance, we will perish (Luke 13:3,5). The ultimate and final sacrifice for us was made at the Cross. We as Christians have been made partakers of the Holy Ghost and have tasted of the heavenly gift (Hebrews 4:4). To give us the peace of God that surpasses all understanding – that shall keep our hearts and minds through Jesus Christ (Philippians 4:7). That is what’s right, at least in my eyes.

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