Selective obedience is just plain disobedience

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?(Romans 6:1-2 ESV)

We all have a tendency to abuse God’s grace by thinking that he will forgive us anyway if we continue to sin. Carrying this attitude gives us free license to pick and choose what we want to believe in the Bible and ignore anything that doesn’t agree with our choices and lifestyles. If we are to be true disciples of Jesus, then we must obey God’s laws, every single one of them. God’s word is not an à la carte menu. He means what he says and he keeps his promises. So if there is something that he lists as a sin, just know that death is the final consequence. There no way to reason out of it, plain and simple.

Disagreeing with God by drumming up creative arguments, what-ifs, and what about so and so, are really just acts of resistance and stubbornness. Most parents can completely relate to this, especially when their “babies” start to talk and form their own opinions. How dare they?! It is their job to love, guide, and discipline their kids because they want them to become successful contributors to society. Kids, on the other hand, don’t have enough life experience or the foresight to know that certain behaviors are not good for them. They need someone to teach them rules, laws, and social etiquette. Otherwise, they might flounder on the margins of life where heartache and pain become unwanted daily companions.

God administers laws and statutes that cannot be rewritten. Highlighting the Lord’s authority, Paul wrote, “But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, ‘Why have you made me like this?’” (Romans 9:20). With that said, we must accept that fact that we cannot veto Divine laws. No amount of arguing or name calling will change God’s mind, especially on the issues that he deemed as sinful and evil acts. He provided us with a list of statutes because he has the experience and foresight to know what’s good for us and what’s bad. So being as patient as he is, he offers us many second chances to change our ways so that we may one day live under complete obedience to him.

Following Jesus is not a boring life; that’s something that the devil tells you just to keep you away from him. He will tell you Christians are crazy, intolerant, hypocrites. Now that may be true in a lot of cases because we live in a messed up world full of messy people. But one thing is for certain, Jesus will come back and restore order.

Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly,” and further explained, “If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full” (John 10:10; 15:10-11).

So as you see, we shouldn’t be selective in our obedience. We should strive hard to resist temptation or find a way to escape it. Scripture warns us that people who willfully disobey God will not inherit his kingdom (Galatians 5:18-21). So when the Almighty decides to let the clock run out of time and cast his judgments, which side of heaven do we want to be on? Please don’t take this as God trying to scare people into heaven; out of love, he’s trying to save everyone from wandering into hell. He went so far as to pay the price of suffering and dying on our behalf, so we don’t have to do it.

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