Have you ever tried to play a game, but you did not know the rules? I have a feeling it probably did not work out so well for you. Better yet, have you ever flat out ignored the rules? It was probably a fun experience even though it likely ticked off the person you were playing against and go figure, you still didn’t win the game.
Imagine you were playing a game with the person who created it sitting right behind you, whispering in your ear, telling you exactly which moves you should make. Would you listen? I would hope so. No one understands how to make you successful at the game more than the person who created the game.
In a recent lesson, I brought in a bag of chocolate chips and asked all my students to write down a recipe to make chocolate chip cookies from scratch. Most of the recipes would’ve been pretty awful. One for sure would’ve made rocks rather than cookies. I asked them which recipe they would prefer making, theirs or the one on the bag? We all agreed the one on the bag would be better because that recipe comes from the people who know how to make chocolate chip cookies.
In the same way, God is the one who gave us life. God is the one who created us spirit, soul and body. He also gave us scripture to instruct us on how we are supposed to live the life He gave us. Think about it, our souls come from the Lord. Is there anyone better to tell us what we need to do in order to have complete, fulfilled and satisfied souls?
I think I would like to take my cues on how to live life, from the one who created life.
2 Timothy 3:16 (NLT) All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.
God gave us His word to reveal to us what is right and what is true. When we neglect to study His word, or even worse to obey His word, we are in effect telling God, “I know you created life, but I think I know how to run my life better than you do.” We need to rely on His word to teach us, instruct us and correct us.
John 8:31-32 (NLT) Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Often we think of God’s word as restricting us, but the truth is when we follow His ways we find freedom. When God is asking us to refrain from something we enjoy, it isn’t to rob us of happiness. God knows that we enjoy many things that offer temporary pleasure, but ultimately leave us unfulfilled. However, when we line our lives up with His instruction we find true satisfaction in Him.
From the outside, it might look like restriction, but from the inside, you know that you have more freedom than you’ve ever had. Listen to the teachings of Jesus, they are truth. Follow His ways and let the one who created life give you true life.
Let’s conclude today by looking at a great portion of Scripture. The Lord sets before His people two choices, life and death. Life is to obey God’s ways, death is to abandon them. It seems like an easy decision, He even gives us the answer at the end. “Choose LIFE!” Yet sadly, many will go on to choose death. I hope that you will join me in choosing life.
Deuteronomy 30:15-19 (ESV) “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil. 16 If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you today, by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. 17 But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, 18 I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish. You shall not live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to enter and possess. 19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live,