Saturday, March 13, 2010

Comission vs Omission...

We going through the book of James. The Lord has taught us so much on our journey to be more and more like Him. Tonight, once again, He showed me something profound. David Platt puts it far more eloquently than I do, so if you rather hear it straight from him Click Here. If not hang on while I attempt to share my heart with you.

In James 4:17 says: So, for the person knows to do good and doesn't do it, it is a sin. This sounds like a simple scripture. I tend to think of this scripture as a compare and contrast scripture. For example..the opposite of good is bad. So of course if we don't do good and do bad, it is a sin. What stood out to me the most, was that it is not that clear cut.

The 10 commandments lay out rules to obey. Thou shall not kill, thou shall not covet, thou shall not lust, etc. We sometimes think that if we do not do these things, then we are not sinning, this can be referred to as commission.

However there is another aspect to obedience, and that is omission. In other words...there are things that the Lord clearly lays out for us to do and if we don't do them we are disobedient. For example, if I ask my children to pick up their toys and clean up and they do not...it is disobedience. If I ask my son to be home at 10 and he returns at 11...that is disobedience. We must obey Jesus, in the same way. He has asked us to live in way that is different from the world, focused on others and not self. He has asked us to trust Him, not man. He has asked us to care for the poor, widowed and orphaned. He has asked us to make disciples of all nations. He asked us to sell our possessions and give to the poor so that our brothers and sisters would not have need. There are many things, that as followers of Christ we are asked to do and if we do not...we disobey Christ. There is no other way to look at it.

Although works do not save us, we are saved by grace and grace alone, they are necessary. James says "Faith separated from works is dead." If we love Jesus we will obey His commandments. That poses the next question..how do give? The Lord leads us in many ways. We not only give financially, but we also can give of our time. The thing that we must not do is compare ourselves to each other. All of us are called..it is in what capacity that differs. Like the widow and the Pharisees. The widow gave her last money and the Pharisees gave of their abundance and wealth. The widow was commended and the Pharisees, condemned. Why? The widow was obedient and her heart was lined up with Jesus'. The Pharisees were not. It was not the question of how much she gave, it was a question of how she was obedient to what the Lord asked her to give.

We should be obedient to what the Lord has called us to do individually, not compare ourselves to each other. Our heart needs to line up with what Jesus. And what He wants from us individually, will differ. We can also ask the Lord how wants us to give, and in what capacity. He will be faithful to show us and give us ideas and convict our hearts. We just need to be obedient to what He calls us to do.

2 comments:

praisinyahweh said...

Amen dear friend. How Satan can use comparison to try and "devalue" what it is that he is having us "give." I will never forget the first time that I hear Pastor Paul teach on the need to give of our time, talents, and treasure. As people, each of us is as different from one another as one snowflake is from another. God capitalizes on these differences and seeks to use them to shine his light. The lost, the poor, and the widows are so very important to Him ... as well they should be to us. We are commanded to love one another and serve one another ... and I believe that if we do this to the best of our convictions ... it is then that we find ourselves in His shadow ... being His hands and feet ... being fulfilled.

It is in serving others that we can really find ourselves ... and discover what our treasures and talents really are. For some, like me, it is teaching in the inner city. Sacrificing the dream of being a stay at home mom to work with at risk kids. For others, it is moving to a foreign land and being "mommy" to those who have none. For others, it is selling all of their belongings and giving everything to those that have nothing. God accomplishes His purposes through each of us differently. The only true path is to follow each of our own convictions ... celebrating not only how God uses each of us to do amazing things ... but that He even would in the first place.

praisinyahweh said...

OK .. rereading the first sentence it sounds like I am saying "what it is that he (Satan) is having us give." Just wanted to clarify that I meant "what it is that he (God) is having us give."

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