Whilst in worship during a recent time of fasting, God revealed to me that one of the practical ways I can worship Jesus, is by not doing things that will potentially lead me into sin. Creating boundaries of protection to keep me from sinfulness.
I saw an image of my old high school. When I started in the school, the school boundary was laid out by some low walls around the premises, some parts not even walled. Easy for people to jump over. About a year after I began, the school put up high fences, realigning the boundaries. Kids commented that the school was fenced in like a jail. In reality, the fences were put up to keep people out. To keep people out during school hours who may potentially want to harm children. Also to keep away people outside of school hours who would desire to damage school property.
God’s rules are much like that fence. When we have the wrong attitude about his boundaries, we may think that Jesus wants to keep us trapped. In reality, Jesus knows that without rules and boundaries, we allow the enemy to come in and bring danger to us. He wants to tempt us and bring harm to us.
Jesus explains in John 10:10, “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” (NLT)
When we understand the purpose of Jesus’ rules for us, we embrace them. We know it is for our protection for an abundant life (ESV). Any playing against the rules just serves to let the enemy in and bring us harm.
The best way we can worship Jesus is through obeying him. Stay in the boundaries of protection and enjoy the freedom in Jesus, away from harm. How can we obey him? By growing in knowledge of what the Bible says about these things. Daily Bible reading is key to knowing God’s will and his word. It is through consistent growth of knowledge that we can obey Him.
9 How can a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it according to your word.
10 With my whole heart I seek you;
let me not wander from your commandments!
11 I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.
12 Blessed are you, O Lord;
teach me your statutes!
13 With my lips I declare
all the rules[c] of your mouth.
14 In the way of your testimonies I delight
as much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate on your precepts
and fix my eyes on your ways.
16 I will delight in your statutes;
I will not forget your word.
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Lord Jesus, Thank you for your boundaries of love to bring me protection and an abundant life. Help me worship you by living in obedience to your Word each day. Amen