“Give heed to the statutes and the ordinances which I teach you, and do them; that you may live, and go in and take possession of the land which the Lord, the God of your fathers, gives you.” (Deuteronomy 4:1)
We live in a digital age, a world of limitless possibilities; a world where knowledge about any subject is so readily available at the snap of one’s finger. The classroom has been completely revolutionized by the smartphone.
For instance, with Google maps, you can drive to any location in the world. Sometime ago, I went to the kitchen to cook a meal I had never cooked before. There were a lot of videos on the internet on that very meal. All I needed to do was to follow the step by step procedure. I kept going back to the video to replay it just to be sure that I heard the instruction properly and I obeyed it. Eventually, I was amazed at what I did; the meal came out excellently.
Have you ever wondered what would become of your life if you were committed to obeying God’s commandments to the letter? Why do we often consider God’s words as too difficult to follow? Why do we often pick and choose? Dear friends, the key to achieving all that God desires for us is to TRUST God enough that he means well for us by giving us these instructions and OBEY them with all our mind, with all our heart and with all our soul.
Jesus in our Gospel passage today adds: “Do not think I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfil them…. till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot will pass from the law until all is accomplished.”
This statement of Jesus is very heavy. One, it reveals that there would surely come a time when heaven and earth will pass away. Recent events around the world leave us with no doubt that this earth can actually crumble like a pack of cards and all we have ever trusted pass away within a twinkle of an eye. Secondly, it reveals that the law is for a purpose, there is a mission that must be accomplished on earth.
Jesus then concluded by making us realize that it is not enough that we obey the commandments of God, we must be generous enough to teach others to obey these commandments. We must show good examples. This is how we become great in the kingdom of heaven.
Let us pray: Lord Jesus, increase my trust in you and help me to obey. Amen
Bible Study: Deuteronomy 4:1-9, Psalm 147 and Matthew 5:17-19).