Boundaries

Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless (Prov 23: 10 KJV)

I’ve come across few Christians who have this misunderstanding that since they a child of the Father,they can live however they want and still expect to live in God’s favour. Being made in the image of God does not guarantee someone a place by His side if he/she lives according to their own fleshy desires. I believe the idea about every person having basic human rights has mislead some into thinking they have the right to do whatever they want/ love whomever they want and still expect God to be okay with it because, God is love.

Consider the example of marriage. I am married, and have been for about 5 years now. The ‘I do’ I uttered five years ago to the woman who is now my partner in life inside a hillside chapel, also translates as saying ‘No’ to the rest. This is the condition of that bond of marriage, regardless of however I may feel justified in succumbing to my lust and being unfaithful to my wife.

It began in the garden with one simple rule; ‘Do not eat from that tree.‘ They had all the freedom, except that. On Mt. Sinai, the ten commandments were clarified for the Israelites. It is interesting to note that God offers no explanations for all the commandments, just a simple ‘Thou shalt not covet.’ I’m think it is G.K Chesterston to whom the quote ‘Do not remove a fence until you know why it was put there in the first place‘ is ascribed.

Today’s society is slowly wearing down and removing boundaries that had been instituted by the Divine, for reasons that it does not quite understand. There are reasons substituted for the removal of these boundaries, and we are reaping the harvest of these blunders.

Let this verse be a reminder:

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (Matthew 7: 13 – 14).

If your journey as a Christian is not marked with sacrifice, and lines that you yourself have decided not to cross, then I encourage you in with the love of Christ, to study that above verse again. Realize that our worldly desires are in direct conflict with what the Lord wants for you and me, and we must be careful to pray about what we accept in our walk as His child.

God bless you.