DOING THE RIGHT THINGS
Commentary By R. DeWitt, 1/07; add: 07/18
Some time ago a professing Christian wrote to say: "Why do some Christians talk about the right way, the right place, and believing the right things, instead of the love of God and hope, and praising God"?
Thankfully many saints do talk about the love of God, hope, and praise ---and we never do enough, but in christendom in general not many professors of Christ talk about our walk in God's path, and the scriptural way to obey and honor God. All things considered in this, I think this question had for it's purpose to draw faithful saints away from setting forth the standards and expectations of God, in order to please the various religious ideas of men, as we are now seeing widely in the world. One time a believer in Christ was heard in challenge to say: "Obedience is an Old Testament word". Yes, it is and it is also quite prominent in the New Testament.
These kind of questions are raised at times by some religious-minded people, who don't value obedience and faithfulness. It seems they find it a great inconvenience and contrary to their own will to yield to God. I am afraid of that kind of thinking, for on one hand it dilutes the gospel message to lost souls, who need to be awakened to obey the pure Word (Acts 4:12), and it dissuades believers from honor and conformity to the will and way of God (see Deut.12:5-14; Matt.18:20; 1 Tim.6:20; Titus 1:9).
The Christian life should be all these things, not just the things we prefer. It is God's redemption, His path, His church, His truth, His Word; and we are His creatures. One day the real "born again" believers (John 3) will, no doubt, be judged in Heaven as to love for the Lord Jesus Christ, love for His Word, love for His testimony, and love for souls and His people ---all other souls will not be there, as the Bible teaches. How, then, should we who know our God regard these things? Should we not minister righteousness, and just let it all slip away as of no significance? I think not!
When we walk with the Lord, in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His sweet will how our hearts He can fill
With His love, as we trust and obey.
Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt nor a fear, not a sigh nor a tear
Can abide while we trust and obey.
But we never can prove the delights of His love
When in paths of self-pleasing we stray;
For the favor He shows, and the joy He bestows,
Are for those who will trust and obey.
Then in fellowship sweet let us sit at His feet,
Or walk by His side in the way;
What He says may we do, where He leads may we go,
Never fear, only trust and obey.
Trust and obey, for there's no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
- Echoes Of Grace Hymns -