Obeying your creator
God gave Moses tablets of stones forged with fire on Mount Sinai. The tablets contained the 10 Commandments, meant to govern the lives and regulate activities of the Israelites.
In every society, there are laws, which ensure everyone in the community confines to acceptable norms or conducts of the community.While all the commandments are of vital importance in the relationship of any Christian with God, a keen look at the 4th commandment: “Remember the Sabbath Day and keep it Holy” (Exodus: 20-8) and a few others are this ministration’s focus.
The scriptures gave account of how God worked for six days to complete the work of Creation and then rested on the seventh day to take in the beauty and admire the works of His hands. In light of this, He decreed that all Christians should follow suit. We are allowed to work for six days of the week, but the seventh day must be set aside to reverence God, the One that created us in the first place, without which we would not have been able to work.
Alas, many Christians have failed to recognise the sanctity of the Sabbath Day. The importance has been misplaced, and many have failed in their duty to keep it Holy. It is commonplace to see Christians schedule social gatherings, parties, family meetings and others on the Sabbath Day.
Some Christians stay at home for mundane things like watching football matches and movies, among others. These behaviours are blatant violation of God’s directives. A far cry from what is required of a genuine Christian. If God can be magnanimous enough to give us life and strength to pursue our personal business for six days, then it should not be hard to appreciate Him on the seventh day.
An equally vital point of note is ‘Punctuality’ to the House of God and ‘Reverence’ in the presence of God. “Ye shall keep my Sabbaths and reverence (respect) my sanctuary,” (Leviticus 26:2).
Just going to church is not good enough, but getting there early and showing total respect for the House of God and to God Himself is expected of a Christian at all times. “For the Lord is in the Holy Temple, let all the earth keep silent before Him” (Habakuk 2:20).
A vision was revealed to me, where I was taken by the angels to a cathedral, so beautiful with all its heavenly splendour. Sadly, the angels who had the keys to the cathedral shut out Christians. I was distraught. The spiritual connotation of this is that God is displeased with the indifference and nonchalance displayed by Christians during worship days. Many have become so proud that they treat the things of God with levity. Some have drifted away from their Maker, overwhelmed by various anxieties in their lives, ultimately leading to a strained relationship with God.
The good news, however, is that we can still fix things. Now is the time to do a complete appraisal of our lives, see where we have defaulted and retrace our steps to God. This is the time to ask for His mercy and to make a conscious attempt to change positively. I wish you a Happy New Year!
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