Have you ever read all the ten commandments? I’m sure at some time you have. Ten commands- not that much, but I’m sure you have broken at least one or two. I know I’ve broken most of them. But let’s think, those are only ten commands, what about the whole book of Leviticus? Or all the other commands in the Bible?
There’s a huge amount of laws, regulations, rules and other stipulations. God sure gave the Israelites a lot of rules. But, you may have heard that it’s not about the rules, it’s about becoming Christlike. Well that’s true, it’s not about the rules. God gave all those commands for a reason. He wanted to show us something.
He wanted to show us our sin.
God wanted to show us that we couldn’t fulfill all the law. He wanted to show us that we absolutely fail without Him. And He wanted to show us about Himself. You see, if God just told us to love, and never explained it, we might have some problems understanding what true love is. God gave all those commands so we could understand what perfect sacrificial love is.
“But,” you may say, “He still wants us to obey all His commands.” Yes, of course, but He’s willing to help us. You remember how He wanted to show us how we fail without Him. Well, now that we know that, we know that we must go to Him, accept the salvation he paid for, and then continue on to walk in the Spirit.
Even today, when you struggle with something you will fail without Him. We must go to Him. We can’t change our actions, and we can’t always change our feelings and desires. That’s why the Bible says, “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” – Philippians 2:13
God works in you.
I said all that, because I wanted to remind you of where you came from. Every one of us failed to keep God’s Holy law. Our failure would have cast us into Hell. When we accepted Christ, we acknowledged that it wasn’t our good works that saved us, it was God’s. We accepted His work and He made what we did, look like what He did.
Now that you are a Christian, you still can’t do any thing on your own. You are still helpless. You need God to work in you both to will and to do. It’s both. God can and will help you. He will help you to want to do His work. And He will help you as you do it.
It’s all Him, because it’s all about Him.
“For without me ye can do nothing” – John 15:5b