Giving Our Heart to Our Lord

In the Bible, we are instructed to keep the law of God and the law of the land. We find in John 14:15 (NKJV) “If you love me, keep My commandments.”

Following this same vein, we find in Titus 3:1 (NIV) “…remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient.” According to this, if we keep the law of God and do not keep the law of the land, we are not observing the law of God after all.

Let’s imagine taking a trip through the country. If I find that I drive faster than what is reasonably safe I’m often reminded of such by seeing a posted speed limit sign. This serves as a reminder to me. If I was to put safety at risk and speed, I might see a red light rotating in my rearview mirror. This would be a highway patrol officer assigned to enforce the speed limit law. The consequences I pay after he stops me and gives me a citation is even a stronger mindful souvenir of disobeying the law. In this event, I was guilty because of the choice I made. I chose to obey error rather than the law of the land. God has given us the right to be wrong. This is called free will. Certainly, God would have us follow His example and do that which is right rather than wrong. However, He will not force any of us to do His will.

Romans 6:18 (NIV) “You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.”

Romans 6:20 (NIV) “When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness.”

Romans 6:22 (NIV) “But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.”

You can see that the first step in giving our heart to God is to “want” to keep the speed limit or in reality God’s law. Many times, we are not strong enough in our own power to do this. The effect resulting from curses and/or blessings sometimes provides incentive for us to keep the law. In this example, to avoid a curse (getting the speeding ticket), we would keep your speed within the acceptable limits. Contrary to curses is blessing. We could find incentive under the umbrella of blessings to keep the law of the land, in this example the rewards issued could be lower insurance costs, or, the right of telling others how long we have gone without getting a citation.

Again, this is our choice. We can rest assured by what we are told in His Word. Deuteronomy 11:26,27,28 (NIV) 26 “See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse- 27 the blessing if you obey the commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you today; 28 the curse if you disobey the commands of the LORD your God….” Blessings or curses are the results of keeping or breaking the law but not the right reason for keeping it. We should keep God’s law because we love Him. Because we love Him, we won’t want to hurt Him. Choosing to serve self is behind us. Thank you Jesus. We read in the Bible that if we fall away we crucify the Son of God afresh, and put Him to open shame. Hebrews 6:6. So in following our scenario, the best police officer is the love in our heart that we have for Jesus. Let us give our hearts to Him. John 14:15 (NKJV) “If you love me, keep My commandments.”

Joe O’Brien

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