I was reading in Deuteronomy where Moses was calling the people to a second round of agreement with God before they crossed over to the Jordan to their Promised Land. The whole, "I put before you a blessing and a curse" thing. He called them to love the Lord with abandon--and to prove that full-out love by--now, here it is: By OBEDIENCE.
Obedience is harder for me than I care to admit.
As I repeatedly read the call for obedience, I remembered the passage in the NT that I had read yesterday. A passage I marked to reread this morning--and did. That passage...and that word, obedience. And my struggle to surrender, despite my frequent good sounding intentions.
It's time to acknowledge my need for obedience. And to acknowledge that it must start right here, with the following simple, yet overwhelmingly difficult, commands in Luke6 by Jesus:
27 “But I say to you who are listening, love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who are cruel to you. 29 If anyone slaps you on one cheek, offer him the other cheek, too. If someone takes your coat, do not stop him from taking your shirt. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and when someone takes something that is yours, don’t ask for it back. 31 Do to others what you would want them to do to you.
32 If you love only the people who love you, what praise should you get? Even sinners love the people who love them. 33 If you do good only to those who do good to you, what praise should you get? Even sinners do that! 34 If you lend things to people, always hoping to get something back, what praise should you get? Even sinners lend to other sinners so that they can get back the same amount!
35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without hoping to get anything back. Then you will have a great reward, and you will be children of the Most High God, because he is kind even to people who are ungrateful and full of sin. 36 Show mercy, just as your Father shows mercy.
37 “Don’t judge others, and you will not be judged. Don’t accuse others of being guilty, and you will not be accused of being guilty. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and you will receive. You will be given much. Pressed down, shaken together, and running over, it will spill into your lap. The way you give to others is the way God will give to you.”
41 “Why do you notice the little piece of dust in your friend’s eye, but you don’t notice the big piece of wood in your own eye? 42 How can you say to your friend, ‘Friend, let me take that little piece of dust out of your eye’ when you cannot see that big piece of wood in your own eye! You hypocrite! First, take the wood out of your own eye. Then you will see clearly to take the dust out of your friend’s eye.
46 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ but do not do what I say?
The Holy Bible, New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Jesus spit out quite a mouthful there, didn't He? And, of course, He meant every word. So, I've written this in an odd little post so that I can read it. Daily. And remember just where the goal post is.
And that's the weigh it goes,