Let’s answer a couple of fundamental questions related to being a follower of Christ.
- Am I living the life of a Christian?
- How do you know who is sitting on the throne of your heart?
- Where is the line, you know, either obeying the laws of God or disobeying?
- What laws do we choose to follow and which do we pretend doesn’t exist?
#1) Am I living the life of a Christian?
What is the life of a Christian if not following the will and direction of Jesus the Christ?
Jesus, the Son of God, told us:
“‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ “This is the first and greatest commandment. “And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ “On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40 NKJV)
So what is Jesus saying?
Every Believer needs to literally place their relationship with God, their Savoir – Jesus Christ, above every other priority within their lives.
- Our walk with Jesus above self.
- Our walk with Jesus above spouse.
- Our walk with Jesus above our children.
- Our walk with Jesus above our jobs.
- Our walk with Jesus above sex-life.
And the list goes on.
Can you imagine what it means to place our relationship with Jesus above all else.
So how do we do this pragmatically?
It is not that difficult if we begin every decision with this phrase, thought:
“Lord Willing” and mean it.
Lord, what would be Your will in this decision?
Then act accordingly.
See, that wasn’t difficult, was it?
#2) How do you know who is sitting on the throne of your heart? Who is in charge?
It is true, our motives matter, but our actions matter more because they represent the actual decisions we have elected to abide in or with.
So who is on the throne of your heart? The one making the decisions, that’s who!
Therefore, who is in charge of your decisions?
Do you say: Lord, what is Your will in this area of my life?
Or do you just act however you see fit, regardless.
Our choices/decisions reveal who is sitting on the throne.
Then we act accordingly.
See, that wasn’t difficult either?
#3) Where is the line, you know, either obeying the laws of God or disobeying?
Where do you draw the line?
Don’t be deceived, we all know the difference between right and wrong.
Right and wrong is written on our souls, we know in that place of truth within us when we are doing wrong. Some of us have just become very good as ignoring our own truth detectors. You know, 1st Timothy 4:2 KJV.
In other words, don’t blow smoke up your own dress and call it a fart! You know when you’re being real and truthful.
Remember, Jesus said:
“‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ That doesn’t leave any room at the top for anyone other than Jesus. Jesus takes first place in all things.
“This is the first and greatest commandment.
“And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Okay, believe it or not, we all love ourselves. This verse is simply saying… We don’t like getting poked in the eye and neither will they. We don’t like being hungry and neither will they. We want to be well treated, and so do they, etcetera. Understanding this commandment isn’t difficult either.
“On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40 NKJV)
Wow! What a statement: “On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets”!
So, if we are basing all of our decisions on WWGD, What Would God Do, then we will act accordingly and place God’s our “Master’s, our Savior’s” will ahead, above all of our own wants, needs and desires. This is following the first commandment: “‘loving the LORD my God with all my heart, with all my soul, and with all of my mind.’
And the second commandment: Loving your neighbor as yourself…. Treat people the way you would like to be treated.
When we follow these rules we naturally abide in the laws of God. If we mess up, it isn’t generally because we did so intentionally; rather, we know we acted under the auspices of “Lord, Your will be done.”
When we live and abide in this place and love our neighbors as we would like to be loved and treated then we have walked even as Jesus would have walked.
We will act in the fear and admonition of the Lord according to all of His laws. I know there are exceptions to this principle.
By the way, it doesn’t hurt to know God’s Word and laws too. So bone up on your Bible knowledge.
Still, it is the spirit of the law by which we live and act and love our neighbors.
There is therefore NOW no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the “law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus” has made me FREE from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, GOD did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh. (Romans 8:1-3 NKJV)
You know… When Jesus died for your sin so that you might be free! Yippeeeee!
Okay, last question:
#4) What laws do we choose to follow and which do we pretend doesn’t exist?
Think of your walk with God and Jesus Christ as a paternal relationship filled with love, acceptance, understanding and yet justice.
(This next paragraph is coming from the perspective of a person who has a just and loving father; which means you love your Dad and your Dad loves you without fail or failure.)
Being that you love and respect your Dad you follow the rules of his house and person.
In other word, you wouldn’t step up to your loving father and spit in his face; steal his belongings, lie for petty gain, cheat him or do harm to him or your relationship without some just and immediate cause, right?
You would follow the laws or your relationship with him because you love your father and desire to bless him, show him respect and want his respect in return.
If your father doesn’t allow smoking in his home you don’t strike up a stogie or light a joint just because your dad popped out to the store. He may not know, but you know!
This is how the Laws of God are to be embraced. The Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus has made me FREE from the Laws of Sin and Death.
We abide in the ways of God because we love Him and want to please Him and respect Him in profound ways.
It is not about following the letter of the law for us as Christians (not saying we shouldn’t do our best) rather, it is about following the spirit of our relationship with our Heavenly Father and Brother Jesus.
In this relationship we genuinely begin each significant action with, “Lord Willing” or WWGD.
Lastly, we don’t know God’s will very often when it comes to our daily travels, business and recreational events.
When I make plans to travel, entertain, do ministry or just make plans for this coming weekend I often comment to myself, “Lord willing”. Then I decide based on following the Lord’s will in my life.
I.e. Hey Sweetheart, let’s plan on going to see the kids this weekend, Lord willing.
I’m going to go to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia this weekend and do some Lion slapping this month, “Lord willing”. I know; who would go up to a Lion and slap ‘em? I’ll tell you who, the guy with just one hand, that’s who.
I really need to break that habit… Lord Willing!
Maybe I’ll switch to bears?