Do You Buy Into the Ten Commandments?
Some say the Ten Commandments handed down by Moses in Exodus 20:3-17 are impossible to live by. The best way to address them is one by one, understanding that each builds upon the one before it. The first tablet of five deals with our relationship with God. The tablet with the last five concerns how we relate to other people based on our commitment to God.
Jesus gave us the key to unlocking the Ten Commandments in Matthew 22:37-40, when he said, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. Then, love your neighbor as yourself." As with everything in life... It begins with God and ends with accepting your assignment in His kingdom.
1 . Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Is there anything or any person you value or desire more than the one and only all-mighty, ever-present, all-knowing eternal Creator of the universe? If no, continue. If yes, there's no point in continuing until you can truly surrender your heart and wrap your mind around God.
2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven images.
Have you constructed, produced, or procured any object, or elevated any object or person, that contends for your devotion to GOD? In short, is there anything more important to you than God? If no, continue. If yes, you didn't take number one seriously. Start over.
3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
Would it break your heart to know you disrespected, dishonored, or offended the sovereign righteous GOD who formed and loves you? If yes, continue. If no, you haven't laid a good enough foundation. You're going to fail. Go back and start at the top.
4. Remember the Sabbath to keep it Holy.
Do you routinely set aside time for full physical restoration, mental reflection, and emotional refreshing in order to recalibrate? Is pleasing GOD still, or again, the center and focus of your life? If yes, continue. If not, you're bound to get drawn off course. You're not ready to move on yet.
5. Honor your father and mother.
Are you willing to conform to the traditional GOD-centered orientation that was established by passing generations of like-minded God honoring believers? Will you adhere to and improve on your parents' legacy? If yes, continue. If not, you need to deal with your past, then start over.
6. Thou shalt not steal.
Would you, by force or stealth, take something that does not belong to you? If no, continue. If yes, you've gotten a distorted view of the values that should be passed down in a godly heritage. Go back.
7. Thou shalt not kill.
Would you hurt, damage or destroy another person for any reason other than preserving the lives of godly souls? Could you deliberately withhold, destroy, or diminish another human being's opportunity to live, grow, and mature to attain the full measure of his independent God-given physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual capacity? If no, continue. If yes, you're missing the basic reason you were put on this planet. Return to the top and start over.
8. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Would you compromise the core principle of family structure and violate a sacred vow to the lawful order of God-ordained human relationship in pursuit of carnal self-gratification? If no, continue. If yes, you cannot yet be depended on to keep your commitments. Go back and start over.
9. Thou shalt not bear false witness.
Would you speak ill of another falsely to his social or legal detriment, or support and promote him beyond what is justifiably due? If no, continue. If yes, your word is no good and you should not be trusted. Go back and try again.
10. Thou shalt not covet.
Do you long for another’s possessions, position, relationships, or circumstance rather than fully engaging in whatever garden God has planted you in to dress and steward for HIS grand unseen purpose? If no, proceed in life. If yes, you need to reassess why you're here, and go through the list again.
Love the Lord with every fiber of your being. And put the God honoring good of others above getting what you want. When you can do that, you'll master the list. Do you buy into that?