In the world we live in today, people are very much wrapped into their own lives. We think that the life we live is our own and no one can tell us how to live, when to live, where to live, and who to live with. This is a life that lives only to please self and they should have the right (freedom) to live however they want or choose to. This is true to a degree, but when it comes to God, how should we live? How does God want us to live? God says in His word in Proverbs 16:9, “a man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.” Just like schools, business, and your parent’s home, they all have rules or instructions on how to work or live. Rules are there to help us make sure we will live to our fullest. Someone said to me once that they hope they make it to heaven. There is a myth that people believe that if they have lots of “do goods” then they will make it into heaven. Well I am a good person. If I choose a charity in my community and support it generously with my time and money, I’ll make it to heaven. If I compliment three people each day, I’ll make it to heaven. If I over tip the breakfast waitresses, I’ll make it to heaven. If I say please and thank you a lot, I’ll make it to heaven. All of the “do goods” will not get you into heaven. It’s only through confessing your sins and asking Jesus to come into your heart and live there. So it’s important for us to realize that our heavenly Father wants us to live our lives to the fullest with Him. When we look back on the children of Israel, we see how much God loved them. God had to give them rules to force them into obedience to protect their lives. Is it possible that rules and instructions are implemented to not only keep us from doing wrong but to keep wrong from harming us?
As a Christian, how many times do we not consider the 10 commandments found in the book of Exodus chapter 20? Sometimes we view them as rules that we have to do because God is punishing us? What if we begin to look at the 10 commandments as a manual for life? Like a vehicle, which has a manual to maintain the life of it, what if we looked at God’s manual as to help maintain our lives. Just as we all strive to make sure that we follow our budget plans, our school plans, our work plans, and our social plans. My challenge to you is to take His commandments serious and watch the hand of God move in your life. In other words, let’s take these commands and apply them to your life daily.