Kingdom of God 4

His laws and ordinances preside over all in this Kingdom

Interview any individual on the street about his/her perceptions of the topic of religion, chances are that the person will mouth comments such as “teach people to do good”, “blessings”, “moral teaching”, etc. Indeed, such are the general feedback about religion, Christianity included. On the surface, these feedback may seem acceptable, but therein lies the problem. Consciously or unconsciously, Christians order their lives and lifestyles along these general boundaries. We forget that there are also other factors that underline our sense of morality. Culture is one of them, human culture, that is. When it comes to anything that is tagged “human”, Christ’s disciples must then be reminded of the “sin” element that has since the time of Eden, tainted all of our humanity. Romans 3:23 so aptly points out: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…”

Hence, when the Christian presumes to live his/her life rightly (and indeed, he/she should), he/she must first ascertain by what (or more accurately, whose) standard will that be measured against? Many believers sincerely say that Jesus is the Lord of their lives, but in reality, function more like they themselves are the real lord of their lives! In our world and age today, it is not uncommon to hear/know of fellow believers who make decisions in their lives purely based on a personal list of criteria. Proverbs 19:21 already predict this when it says, “Many are the plans in a man’s heart…” Where does the problem lie? Are such Christians not sincere enough? Are they faking it all? A relationship always involves two parties, and this is also true of a believer’s relationship with God. Ourselves aside, it certainly makes sense to have an adequate understanding of who this God is that we say we want to have a relationship with. Who is He? What kind of a God is He: His traits, what pleases and/or displeases Him?

This brings us to the issue of boundaries. It is wise for every disciple of Christ to be familiar with the boundaries determined by God Himself. When we speak of God’s kingdom, then we ought to submit that within this kingdom, there must be laws and ordinances, or simply put, rules! God has set these rules, but for what reason(s)? Who is their target? The believer should ask these questions, and more importantly, be at peace with the answers to these questions. A quick walk through the book of Proverbs alone, will reveal God’s responses to many of our queries:
Prov. 2:8 He guards the course …and protects the way…
Prov. 3:2 They will prolong your life …and bring you prosperity …
Prov. 3:26 The Lord will keep your foot from being snared …
Prov. 4:22 They are life …and health …
Prov. 6:22 They will guide …watch over …speak to you …
Prov. 10:28 The prospect …is joy
Prov. 13:9 His lamp shines brightly …
Prov. 14:26 He has a secure fortress …
Prov. 15:20 He brings joy to (others) …
Prov. 20:7 He leads a blameless life …and blessed are his children after him …
Prov. 21:21 He finds life, prosperity and honour …
Prov. 28:10 He will receive a good inheritance …
Prov. 29:7 He cares about justice for the poor …

Is it not eminently clear? God’s laws and ordinances preside over all in His kingdom. As His beloved subjects, all we need to do is, as the age-old hymn teaches, “trust and obey” this Redeemer King Jesus who loves us that He even gave His life for us, so that in Him, we might live! Jesus is the LORD, not us! Jesus is the Master, not us! Jesus is the King, not us! He calls the shots, not us! He is our Shepherd; we are His sheep that must willingly follow!

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13 Responses to Kingdom of God 4

  1. writinggomer says:

    Thank you, great post. Yes we need to follow His rules, His ways…boy is that tough!


  2. granbee says:

    Trusting and obedience to His Holy Ordinances brings us innumerable blessings and joy! We get all the goodies: He runs the dispensary and therefore rightfully sets the rules.

  3. ptl2010 says:

    jesusmyjoy, that’s OK… we are glad that you dropped by… and hope you will return often to be blessed.


  4. Pingback: Jehovah-Jirah, the Lord is our Provider | Jlue’s Weblog

  5. sisterdot56 says:

    May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.

    – 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 (NIV)hi hope all is well”dot,,thanks

  6. jesusmyjoy says:

    how are you haven’t heard from you..

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