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.

My purpose

Be patient with me as I sort my thoughts out with this one:

God is guided by His own purpose, that much I know. There is nothing that God creates or calls into existence without a purpose. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’ (Isaiah 46: 10 NIV)

With that in mind, I know He has created me for a purpose: In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, (Ephesians 1: 11 NIV)

In trying to find out what that purpose is, my mind harks back to the beginning: Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” (Genesis 1: 26 NIV).

I was created to work.

Whatever responsibility God has predestined for me, He has since the beginning instilled in me the ability to perform it, much like the information stored within a tiny seed to germinate into a huge tree. This also means external conditions must be right in order for my abilities to manifest. For instance like the seed needing water and soil to germinate, conditions in my environment must be right for my abilities to grow.

Finding this purpose is paramount, because the talents and gifts He has bestowed upon me are to fulfill this purpose only. Just as God brought in Eve to assist with the work that Adam was doing, my spouse’s calling is closely tied with mine. If I do not find my purpose in life, my wife’s purpose will be hard to unravel as well.

I am aware that my earthly employment may be totally exclusive from my purpose. My job however is significant in allowing my abilities to develop to the extent where I can handle the responsibility that the Almighty has called me into being for.

I know that God rewards those who are faithful with their calling. The reward He gives is might not be what I would expect from an earthly perspective; remember The Parable of the Talents in Matthew 26?

Yep, God rewards by giving us more responsibilities to shoulder.