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Day 22: Thinking Right

Posted by undergroundchurch on January 22, 2011


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Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. – Philippians 4:8

The word “right”, translated as “righteous” in the KJV, comes from a root meaning “judgment”. In a large sense, this word means to “keep the commands of God”, in a more narrow sense, it conveys an idea of “passing judgment”.  Paul may actually be using this word in both ways.

Following God’s commands is paramount to being a follower of Christ. There is no greater act of love you can show God than to be obedient to Him.

At the same time you are positively following the commands of God, you should be judging how you are doing. I guess a better way of saying that today is, “You need to constantly evaluate how you are doing in your obedience and make adjustments accordingly.”

The good thing about the New Testament law is that it is summed up in two commands, “Love God and Love your neighbor”.

The bad thing about the New Testament law is that it is summed up in two commands.

Our dilemma is always going to be, “How do we walk in this?”  It’s one thing to have a rule that says, “Thou shalt…” It’s another thing when the rule is more of a guideline or a framework within which you are to function.  There is a lot of freedom, which can lead to a lot of misinterpretation, so it is critical that we learn how to function within this framework so that we do not violate the command of God.

First, we can draw a lot of insight by reading the Old Testament and seeing the things that made God upset.  Once you find those things, you need to search out the principles behind them and let that redefine your understanding and guide you in applying the understanding to your obedience.

For example, we see several laws built around offerings brought to God and how they should be put together.  Lambs were not to have any blemishes; bread was not to have any yeast, etc.  These tell us that offerings and worship are to be pure.  Jesus tells us that his worshipers will worship in spirit and truth.  The presentation of our worship should be right before we step into worship, meaning that we need to get right before God and others prior to entering into worship.

We should examine our hearts, ask for forgiveness, and repent of sin, before we begin worship.  We need to eliminate the “blemish” and “yeast”, which represents sin, before setting ourselves out for worship.

This is the process of being made righteous.  We allow God to do the work of Christ in us to prepare us for service, worship, prayer, etc.  We are only made righteous in Christ, and to achieve the best possible outcome in our walk, we must allow Him to “keep” us righteous.  It is a daily thing.

 

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