Recently I was given an assignment in a bible study I was participating in. I was to list out in my own words the Ten Commandments and apply them to my life.
It was extremely eye opening for me to see how often I break these commands. Many people think the Ten Commandments are the “basics” of Christianity. For years I thought I was a good person, and for the most part, kept the Ten Commandments. I would compare myself to others and think things like, “well, I’ve never killed anybody”.
As I read through these “basics” I come to find they are anything but basic. They cut to the heart of human beings. This is a list that I will be able to work off of for my entire life. Honestly, anyone who has ever lusted over another person, made a profit dishonestly, gossiped about someone, or envied someting someone else has had broken a commandment! I never realized how applicable these laws were to life “here and now” until recently!
When Jesus sums up the law, he takes all of these laws and cuts straight to the heart.
When I finally understood I would never measure up based on my own good merit, I understood just how powerful Jesus’ grace was on my life and the lives of others. We may not all be murderers, but the gospel does indeed even extend to those who have done things most deem as “unforgivable”. Before God we all stand the same- as lawbreakers. But Jesus kept all these commands for those he died for on the cross.
So I now live with gratitude when I gaze upon these commands and see just how often I fall. Rather than be filled with shame or guilt, I am filled with gratitude to Jesus for standing in my place and justifying me before God. Rather than be filled with hopelessness I am now filled with great hope that while I am a sinner, the work of the Holy Spirit is building me up to be a person who follows after Jesus and seeks to glorify him with good works.
I know I will fail here and there. I know I will let people down. I know I will stumble and fall. But above all, I know I am forgiven by Christ and he has a good plan for my life. Even if I give him very little to work with.
For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. Psalm 84:10