The First of Many… Hopefully

How blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord. How blessed are those who observe His testimonies, who seek Him with all their heart. They also do no unrighteousness; they walk in His ways. You have ordained Your precepts that we should keep them diligently. Oh that my ways may be established to keep Your statutes!
Psalm 119:1-5

Life seems to go by so quick. It seemed like yesterday I was being dropped off by my parents at Tennessee Tech University with no friends and not a clue with what I wanted to do with my life. Now five and a half years later I find myself in Nashville, TN beginning the next chapter of my life. I have just started work with a company called edo Interactive (there is suppose to be a line above the o). I have enjoyed my first two weeks a bunch. I currently am living in Smyrna, TN which is about twenty-five miles from work. That doesn’t seem to far, but in Nashville traffic that equates to about an hour drive. So the commute has been a little rough, but nothing terrible. I have been thinking a lot about my life and where I would like to see it go and one big question that I’ve have been faced with is “Am I playing games with Christianity?” When Apostle Paul wrote Romans 6-8 he was addressing one big question and that question is “How does grace work in a person’s life?” The answer Paul gives is simply: Grace works by changing a person from the inside.

Paul first says that grace has completely saved them through the blood of Christ. Making them perfect through what Christ has done (this is called justification). The second is through sanctification (which is the process by which God makes us into the image of Jesus). Once Paul establishes this concept in Romans 6 he then lays out two different concepts in Romans 7, one being sin and the other the Law (or Ten Commandments). He then declares a very simple statement that says, “The Law is good, righteous, and holy. And sin is utterly wicked, enslaving, and debasing.” Now for us this may be common sense, but when we go deeper into these statements there is much more than meets the eye.

For me this has been something I have been challenged with quite a bit because Paul is trying to get me to see that I must be fighting sin and not just killing sin, but doing righteousness. Living out Christ’s obedience. And the crazy thing is I don’t obey the Law simply because I want to be moral, but because sin keeps me from loving, focusing, and cherishing God. Sin keeps me from a deeper intimate relationship with God and so when I am pursuing righteousness (the Law) my relationship with God grows deeper. I can focus on Him and begin to really see and experience the love that He is giving me through the blood of Christ. This perspective has helped me so much lately. Not just with seeing my need to fight sin. But helping me see that I have been playing games with Christianity. I toy with sin and do not run to Christ as treasure.

God has been showing me that my life should be about One person. God. And not because He is “whipping” or “making” me, but because there is nothing better to run to. So now I have begun to walk through Psalm 119 simply because I need better perspective on the Law of God. I want to truly believe and be convinced that this Law is exactly what I need to pursue in order to have a deeper and more intimate relationship with God… completely free from sin! Because if we are not convinced that the Law is here for our good then we will never go to it. We must truly be convinced that the Law is not a burden and Psalm 119 has really challenged me to see that. I don’t want to play games with Christianity. I want to honor and love God with my life and observing the Law is one of the main ways that can happen.


One response to “The First of Many… Hopefully”

  1. Pete says :

    Legit. Its a good point and I understand what you mean about “Playing with Christianity.” I’ve been thinking about that in respect to a lot of things in my life as well since your last Sunday School. One thing I also think of when I think about this statement: “God wants us to surrender and live for Him because He knows that if we do, then it will be the only life in which we will be happy.” I hope this is the first of many.

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