I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. NIV This opening of the Ten Words of God is too often overlooked. Everyone who follows Jesus goes through an exodus from slavery. We shake off the life of selfishness and follow the Law of Love. We understand David when he said The Torah of Adonai is perfect, restoring the inner person. CJB We seek only to honor God in all ways.
But far too often we become the tenant farmers. We think we know what is best. We find God’s Word inconvenient. We thirst for profit over compassion. We become blind to the needs of others.
That escape from slavery comes with a price. For his sake I did in actual fact suffer the loss of everything, but I considered it useless rubbish compared with being able to win Christ. Phillips It is hard to give up our old ways. We like to be the center of attention, to gossip about others making them seem less than we are. We are not willing to give up our old notions of what it means to love God.
We fail. But with Paul we must say, It is not that I have already obtained it or already reached the goal — no, I keep pursuing it in the hope of taking hold of that for which the Messiah Yeshua took hold of me. CJB
Be righteous and do good.