Well? What Does HE Want?
It is my contention that the world would be a better place if we all did what God wants us to do – a simple enough premise, and completely agreeable to most people of faith. But it’s also my contention that most of the “Church” is completely missing the boat and doing more harm than good. Ouch. Most “Christians” don’t want to hear that. Not popular at all.
My theory is that most churches – and I have ZERO research to back this up, only YEARS of personal life experience – are off track for one (or both) of two reasons:
First off they have absolutely no idea what God wants them to do. Too much focus and energy is spent NOT doing what we’re NOT SUPPOSED to do – following “The Rules”. It’s in the doing that we find His freedom.
Secondly, that far too many of them have bought in to the “world” and have lost sight of being εκλεκτος – eklektos – the elect – called out and separate for God’s use. They’ve conformed their hearts not to His, but to the Worlds. Their desires are on things below, not those above.
My path took me to a place where God called me to do what He wanted, and in my obedience I found myself set apart for Him. More on all that in my blogs and book….
For now I want to take a Scripture backed look into what it is God wants us to do.
Good place to start is the BIG TEN – not college sports but the Ten Commandments.
1. You shall have no other gods before Me.
2. You shall not make unto thee any graven image.
3. You shall not take the name of the Lord God in vain.
4. Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.
5. Honor your father and your mother.
6. You shall not murder.
7. You shall not commit adultery.
8. You shall not steal.
9. You shall not bear false witness.
10. You shall not covet.
Ok. Good. Nice. We’ve all heard them before.
Now, what do those mean to YOU, TODAY?
I’m not going to hold a study on this right now. I’m going to throw these out and let you and God sort through what it is He wants you to do with them. I may hit a few highpoints, but mostly I’m gunna let God’s Word and Spirit do the talking. Seems like a wise place for some humility – it’s not like I can compete.
I learned something while researching for this essay. I was looking for lists of God’s commandments and found a Wikipedia page (more about my research standards later) about 613 Mitzvot. The Jews created a list of everything God said to do or not to do in the Torah – the first five books of the Bible. It’s as complete a list as could be created of the positive (to-do) and negative (do-NOT-do) things God told the Jews to do. This must be the list of rules we always hear the Pharisees of Jesus’ day getting all cranky about. Interesting to me is that there are 365 negatives and 248 positives on the list. That would seem to lend credibility to the negative way we’re taught – there’s more emphasis given to the things we should abstain from. I have a theory though, so let’s keep looking.
Oh yeah – I’m not posting page after page of rules. You wanna see that list, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/613_Mitzvot
However I will post just a few of my absolute favorites from the list:
• To know there is a God Ex. 20:2
• To know that He is One Deut. 6:4
• To love Him Deut. 6:5
• To emulate His ways Deut. 28:9
• Not to embarrass others Lev. 19:17
• Not to follow the whims of your heart or what your eyes see Num. 15:39
• To burn a city that has turned to idol worship Deut. 13:17
• Not to love the idolater Deut. 13:9
• Not to cease hating the idolater Deut. 13:9
• Not to be afraid of killing the false prophet Deut. 18:22
• Not to imitate them in customs and clothing Lev. 20:23
• To estimate the value of people as determined by the Torah Lev. 27:2
• To leave a corner of the field uncut for the poor Lev. 19:10
• To leave gleanings Lev. 19:9
• To leave the forgotten sheaves in the field Deut. 24:19
• To separate the “tithe for the poor” Deut. 14:28
• To give charity Deut. 15:8
• Not to withhold charity from the poor Deut. 15:7
• To release all loans during the seventh year Deut. 15:2
• Not to commit injustice with scales and weights Lev. 19:35
• Not to overcharge or underpay for an article Lev. 25:14
• Not to insult or harm anybody with words Lev. 25:17
• Lend to the poor and destitute Ex. 22:24
• Not to press them for payment if you know they don’t have it Ex. 22:24
• Judge righteously Lev. 19:15
• The king must not have too many wives Deut. 17:17
• The king must not have too much silver and gold Deut. 17:17
Now to my theory: that the Laws of Christ will be more positive and less oppressive.
Being the top research kinda guy that I am, I did exhaustive study on the topic by Googling the phrase “List of Jesus Commandments.” I found two websites that had lists and didn’t look like too much reading. I got high standards mind you.
The first is http://patriot.net/~bmcgin/pearl-thecommandmentsofjesus.html
The other is a blog: http://guymuse.blogspot.com/2007/02/ten-commandments-of-jesus-christ.html
Fair warning, I was just looking for content, so I have not screened their theology very closely. Take what you will as doctrine, but only after you’ve vetted it against the source and not someone’s potentially faulty theology. Again – exhaustive study and research….
Guy Muse intrigued me with his Ten Commandments of Jesus Christ. It also humors me to note that only one of the commands Guy chose was a negative, and even that command was switched over to the positive imperative.
So what am I getting at? My point? What am I saying?
Nothing. Don’t got one. Nuthin’ at all.
Take a look at what’s on God’s heart. Read what it is He tells us to do – and not do. Then examine your own life and see how things stack up. Maybe even try doing a thing or two He’s telling us to do.
Wanna know exactly what or how? Ask Him. Spend some serious time talking to Him about it. Find His heart and then obey Him as He convicts yours to take part in His work.
But don’t take my word for it….try listening to Him.