Here is the passage that I woke up to this morning,
Moses said to the people:
“If only you would heed the voice of the LORD, your God, and keep his commandments and statutes that are written in this book of the law,
when you return to the LORD, your God, with all your heart and all your soul.
“For this command that I enjoin on you today is not too mysterious and remote for you. It is not up in the sky, that you should say, ‘Who will go up in the sky to get it for us and tell us of it, that we may carry it out?’
Nor is it across the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will cross the sea to get it for us and tell us of it, that we may carry it out?’
No, it is something very near to you, already in your mouths and in your hearts; you have only to carry it out.” Deut 30:10-14
That last line hit me and made me realize many things, about myself and about the world. First, we already know the truth, it is written on our souls because we were created by God who gave us all we need to walk with him in truth. In other words, we know what is the right thing to do. It is right to lie, steal, talk about others or kill? No, we know it and yet we do it anyway. Sometimes intentionally, sometimes on accident or in weak moments, but we do it. All those things we do that are wrong – they are called sin. We all sin. All of us. Even people you think can’t sin because of personal life circumstances. And then, of course, are those who think they aren’t sinning because of personal life circumstances. I’m calling myself out on this one for sure. You know, the third glass of wine or yelling at someone who isn’t doing it your way, because, well, I’ve had a rough day.
The next point I went to was this, how many times do I know what I need to do and choose the opposite? I’m not talking so much about a moral decision but rather, the things you know God is calling you to but the effort, oh the effort, to do it. I had a revelation the other day, avoiding what God wants you to do takes far more time and energy and mental gymnastics than doing it. If he calls you to it, he sees you through it. For his glory and your benefit. It may hurt, there may be a struggle, but you will be better for it.
The challenge then is to live not only in knowing the truth but in living the truth. The truth of God and how he wants us to live is what sets us free to live a life of loving and caring those who God puts in our lives. Our challenge is to live “not lukewarm.”