Thursday, February 23rd, 2012
The Royal Law (Part 3, Conclusion)
For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.
James 2:10 (NKJV)
Many Christians seem to pick and choose their favorite scriptures and most despicable sins. They believe the good news, and it is a prosperity message from a loving God. Church leaders rest at ease in the Bible and speak God's Word with fanfare, footnotes, and foolish authority. Wait, did I say 'foolish?'
Yes, the word 'foolish' slipped into this devotion, because we are foolish not to fear God. We are foolish to believe in part and not in all. That's partiality. God's benefits and blessings are tied to a deep and reverential fear, 'For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God' (Deuteronomy 4:24). Wholeness is royal law. Partiality is not.
He says, 'I will be jealous for My holy Name' (Ezekiel 39:25). Do Christians bear the Name of Christ? Yes! With His Name comes the highest standard of humility and mercy.
Here's the thing: 'Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in Heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your Name, cast out demons in Your Name, and done many wonders in Your Name?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!' ' (Matthew 7:21-23).
Since 'There is none righteous, no, not one' (Romans 3:10), since no one is sinless except Jesus, since we cannot judge among sins or sinners, we must leave the judging to God. We must only love.
Not only that, we must receive and believe the Gospel in its entirety, Word for Word. We must not focus on the blessings and ignore the must-do behaviors that bring them.
'So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment' (James 2:12-13).
Being adopted into supreme royalty is a supreme responsibility; 'For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required' (Luke 12:48).
Actors, models, and talent for Christ, learn your lines. Learn all of them. These lines (the Bible) are His Words, and we follow His Rules, because this is His Show. You can't re-write or pick and choose. That is partiality and He is absolute. So do your homework. He intends to make you a star.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Royal Law series.