by The Savvy Columnist
In my day to day conversations, one thing is common amongst a lot of would be believers. They love God, but still do not want to obey God. I've had this conversation far too many times with far too many individuals, with those in the world and with those in the church. Do not remember that in John 14:15 it states, "If you love me, keep my commandments." Why is that so hard for us to do? Notice that I'm not saying "you" I'm saying "us" because this young woman still has her own personal journey to complete in Christ Jesus. Point blank though, you got to want this thing. This walk isn't about perfection, it is about having a true relationship with God, and even as you fall, that you are able to repent and get back up and try this thing again. Make the devil out to be a liar. For those who knew me back then, I didn't always do what I was supposed to do. I've been saved since I was a teenager, however, I still did not believe I had the ability to tap into the power of God, not like the way I do now. I am so free and I thank God. I thank God for redemption. I thank God that I am able to go boldly before the throne of grace, confess my sin, and be made new. Only a truly merciful God can do that, not man, not mama, and certainly not me.
Today, I beckon for you to put away your "buts" and do this thing full out. The sign of times has already began. As much as a good friend of mine would like to say that Christians are "scaring" people into salvation, that in my case is an untruth. I'm giving you the same reality that was given to me. That if I do not obey God's Word, even with His saving power and grace and tender mercies, that I can still risk not being with Jesus when He comes back. A time where there will be no apologizing, and bargaining, and should've could've would've. Would some of us be ready? I want to be sure I'm ready. I don't want to be lukewarm (Revelation 3:15-16).
I guess at the end of the day. I love God's people. I don't want them to miss out on their blessings. I don't want them to believe everything that they hear, but to get to know God on their own terms. That doesn't mean, try everything in the world and then revert back, because we don't have the rest of our lives. Life is precious. This is not to scare you but to show you an obvious truth. How can one pine so much for something forbidden, or wrong, or outright evil, and object righteousness with so much energy?
A lot of the scriptures that tell us how to live our lives and what to abstain from, is there to protect us from what happens if we do those things. When you have premarital sex, what do you increase your chances of? You increase your chances of STD's, unplanned pregnancies, heartache, and I'm sure quite a few other things. When you drink until you can't stand up, you end up being somewhere or with someone that you don't really want to be with or at. When you covet your neighbor's belongings, you end up having jealousy, hatred, robbery, confrontation. God doesn't tell us these things to restrict our living but to enhance our very lives. I know this to be true for myself.
And as much as God gives us a free will, why use that will for things that hinder life and others? I see that no one wants to live under a law and everyone wants to rule the world and do their own thing. Well, that comes with a price that you cannot complain about later. To truly be free, people will be hurt, things will get neglected, and there at some point will be a price to be paid that has nothing to do with Hell. Some people create their own versions of that. Then you will say, "well I caused it, I will deal with it." Well, it doesn't have to be that way. There is much to be gained in righteousness than in any other contrary action. This doesn't mean that as a saint that you won't fall down, this just means that you know how to get back up and rise and our Lord has risen.
Think on this... the next time you say, "I love God, but.." Say, "I love God, and I shall!"