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In Luke 17:10 we read of Jesus telling us that the unprofitable servant is the one who has done everything that is commanded him.  I recall something many years ago which is a rather poor example but it fits here.  Grandma and I visited her cousin who had lung cancer; a cigarette smoker, (a reformed one).  His challenge had been: “If you can prove from the Bible that smoking is wrong, I’ll quit”.  And he had us there.  It was a strange thing but that night he was no longer cornering us with his clever questions.  He had not disobeyed the Scriptures.  The rest of his life was very Biblically correct and there was no reason why this would keep him out of heaven.  But one month later he was dead and his wife was a lonely widow for decades.

            Apparently, the Lord demanded something more than simply obeying the commands of the Bible.  After all, the unbeliever can do that.  I have known people who wanted to enjoy as much of the world as they could and still get to heaven.  They did enjoy the things of this world as they chose to do.  Whether they actually entered heaven in the end might be more doubtful.  In Matthew 7:21 we read: “Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord shall enter the Kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven”.  In Colossians 4:12 Paul goes a step further and expresses his desire that we may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.  We must go beyond the commandments (which are very important and are to be obeyed) to meditating on and living out the principles of Scripture if we are to be complete in the will of God.

            How could the man in paragraph one have meditated on the “Book of the Law” as we are told to do in Joshua 1:8?  First of all he would have recognized that his body did not belong to him but was a dwelling place of God.  Perhaps more importantly he would have recognized the fact that he was offending the weaker brother.  After all what did the teen ager do if his parents told him not to smoke and the deacon assured him it’s alright.  He was taught by the church leader to disobey his parents (and follows his natural desires).

`           The rich young ruler could honestly say: “all these things have I kept from my youth up”. The Lord had much more in mind for him, which he lost.  As far as we know he even missed heaven.


Written by biblestruth

May 3, 2011 at 6:37 pm

Posted in scripture

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