Moses called all the people of Israel together and said, “Listen carefully, Israel. Hear the decrees and regulations I am giving you today, so you may learn them and obey them! “The Lord our God made a covenant with us at Mount Sinai. The Lord did not make this covenant with our ancestors, but with all of us who are alive today.” Deuteronomy 5:1-3
The last section of the book Run to Win by Christine Caine is all about the elements of finishing strong. God wants us to not only finish strong, but also win the race. She talks about how certain Olympians have been disqualified for breaking the rules of the race or event they were involved in. In our believers marathon we all have the capacity to be disqualified. We start with the first element of finishing strong and that is winners obey God’s rules.
The above verses that are found in Deuteronomy, show how important the Ten Commandments are. I think many Christians think that because Jesus fulfilled the law that they have freedom to break them if they want to. This is far from the truth, we are still held responsible for the Commandments of God. He did not give them to us to limit what we do, He gave them to us to live a much richer fuller life; and that is true freedom. There are three elements of freedom that I want to discuss about in today’s blog.
The art of listening and hearing are so important to having freedom in our lives. When we listen to people, we hear what they are saying and we show that we care about them. We give people importance when we listen to what they are saying. When we listen to God’s commandments, we give God importance in our lives. We focus on God and not ourselves. It’s the same in a race event, we have to read and take in the importance of the rules of the race. God’s commandments more than anything talk about how we should treat Him and how we should treat others.
The next element of freedom is leaning. When we listen, we learn. As you listen to someone, you learn what he or she is all about. As we listen and hear God’s laws, we learn what God is all about and what He cares about. If we learn and understand that being envious is a wasteful pursuit, we are better people.
The last part is the most important part and that is obedience. We listen, we learn, we obey. In relationships it’s the same way, we listen to our friend, we learn what they are saying and we do an act of kindness when we learn about that person. This is a big thing in marriage, learning your spouse. The hard part is as time goes on you take them for granted and get used to them. Keeping the friendship or marriage fresh is a relationship builder. Our relationship builder for God is to obey His laws all the time as much as we can. If you read the Ten Commandments, they are all laws that are not impossible to do if you are a child of Christ. They are essential in learning how to love unconditionally and how to live a free from the drama type life.
When you listen, you learn, when you learn you obey. God’s laws are not suggestions; they are commandments that we are still held accountable for today. They are essential to living a godly life and a life that is peaceful and filled with joy. When we abide by them, we love God, others, and ourselves in an unconditional way.
© [David Howard], [David’s Body Temple], 2011-2015.