Take God’s Commands Personally
Appreciate the commands of Scripture as much as the promises.
How we love the promises of God! When you read the Bible and uncover a verse like Hebrews 11:6–”God…rewards those who sincerely seek him”–it’s like you’ve found a treasure. Our natural inclination is to want to “claim” a promise of God like a prospector stakes a claim on a rich vein of gold.
But what about the commands of Scripture? For some reason we tend to interpret a command like Mark 16:15–”Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone, everywhere”–as being more general in nature. Instead of personalizing it, we figure it applies to other people, especially those in full-time Christian service.
Is it okay to take God’s promises personally while applying His commands generally? We think you know the answer to that. All of God’s Word is personal. All of it–the promises as well as the commands–applies to all of us.
You made me; you created me. Now give me the sense to follow your commands. Psalm 119:73