Sunday, September 30, 2012

Make it Full not Partial

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Sometimes we may feel that God's commandments can be altered or that we can substitute other ways in following Him. Example, God challenged us to serve Him by participating in Kid's ministry but instead, we committed to ushering as we might feel that it is the same for Him, that we still serve Him and that it was just a small modification to His words. Another sample is discipleship, we are instructed to influence 3 people but we chose only one, the one who is closer to us and to whom we can also be beneficial. We have this attitude that tells us that it is the same thing, doing good and executing His commands, that it was just a small amendment but still a complete way of showing Him our obedience.

We sometimes think that we can forget those small details and instead, we are convincing ourselves that there is nothing wrong in such ways. But if we will read 1 Samuel 15:1-23, God sent a message to Samuel which must be told to Saul. He instructed Saul to destroy and attack the ENTIRE Amalekites and that nothing should be spared. But Saul took King Agag and collected fat calves, sheep and lambs - everything that was good. Since Saul did not completely carried out the instructions, he was rejected as king. It was clearly showed in these verses that we should follow ALL His commandments and words. No alteration, no modification, no substitution, not partial but in full obedience.

I was once told that partial obedience is disobedience. We can't please Him by showing what we think is a good thing just to follow Him and neglecting the true meaning of His instructions. Our wisdom only comes from Him and we should not rely in our own understanding. We should always consider the very detailed steps in fulfilling His commands. There might be challenging instructions that will also require us to get out of our comfort zone. We shouldn't be afraid and most importantly, we shouldn't improvise and we shouldn't put in our minds that our plans are better than Him.

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