Proverbs 4:13 (NIV)
Hold on to instruction, do not let it go;
guard it well, for it is your life.
Proverbs 4:13 (KJV)
Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.
As children we were all told “Do this,” “Do that,” “Don’t do that,” and so on. As children we thought our parents, and other adults, were just fun suckers out to get us. As we grew older we learned our parents rules were to protect us, keep us safe, and help us grow into the person we are now. We look back now and we our very thankful for all the instructions our parents gave us. The instructions our parents gave us were a blessing. Following our parents instructions has even, probably, saved our life a few times. “Look before crossing the road,” “Don’t talk to strangers,” “Call me when you get to xyz,” “Be home before dark,” “Don’t play with matches,” “Don’t stick that knife in the socket,” I believe you are getting the picture.
Following the instructions of our parents, other adults and elders has allowed us to keep our life on earth and to grow to who we are today. But what about our spiritual life? Are we following the instructions that our parents and the Lord has given us through the bible? These are the most important instructions to follow, but yet can be the easiest to disobey. After all, “we’re to busy,” or “we are the exception to this rule,” right? We have an excuse to get out of everything. “I’m to busy to read the bible,” “The bible is to hard to understand,” “I was just looking at that boy/man/girl/woman, I can look just not touch,” “I can say no to xyz, I just don’t want to,” “I can’t help it they were dressed like that,” “Following the speed limit is dumb anyways,” “That’s just a stupid law,” “It was only a small lie,” “Work has plenty of these, I take them all the time,” “Did you see what John Doe did to Sally?” Every heard yourself say any of these excuses, or any of the many more that are just like them? Think about these excuses what, and compare them to what the bible really says about it. Jesus says in Matthew “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman [and for women, that means men as well!] lustfully has already committed adultery with her [him] in his [her] heart.” “ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sistervwill be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’vis answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.”
As children to our parents, we became thankful for the rules and instructions they gave us. Why do we, as children to God, make excuses for the instructions He has given us. Are they even not more important than the instructions our parents gave us? Take a moment and think about the excuses we give for not following the Lords instructions. Do the excuses we make really line up with His Word? Are our excuses really worth risking our relationship with Christ? Are our excuses worth the life the Lord wants to give and bless us with? Take a moment and think about it.
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
- Thou Shalt Have No Other gods
- Thou Shalt Not Take the Name of the Lord, Thy God, in vain.
- Remember the Sabbath Day by Keeping it Holy
- Honor Your Father and Mother
- Thou shalt not kill.
- Thou shalt not commit adultery.
- Thou shalt not steal.
- Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
- Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house.
- Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his cattle, nor anything that is his.