So here’s the thing: any law gives sin power (Romans 7:13) and fallen human nature being what it is as soon as we see a law we long to break it (Romans 7:21-24). To make things worse, there can be great pleasure in breaking laws.
But I’m not living on that planet. Well I am but my spirit isn’t. I’m somewhere else (Ephesians 2:6). I died to the law when I was born again to a new life in the Kingdom of Light, the one where the great Lover is king.
I recently asked a friend to quote the 10 commandments. She began by saying: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind and all your strength. And love your neighbour as yourself.” (Matthew 22:34-40). Just like a true Christian should. It’s all about love. We have died to the law (all laws including the ones in the bible) and now we live in a love relationship with Yeshua (Romans 7). Of course, being in love, all our thoughts are wrapped up in Him and what we can do to please Him.
There is a problem – we are in a long distance relationship. We are in love, so He lives by His Spirit in our hearts, we know what He wants, we can hear His voice in our hearts and follow in His ways. But He is not here bodily, He is in heaven. Thankfully He sent us a lot of good love letters over the ages which tell us all sorts of His/stories about how He deals with people and what pleases Him and what doesn’t. Included among them are a lot of commandments, laws and prescriptions for life. We don’t have to do them of course – we are not under law – but if we do them we may find that that pleases Him depending on the law and the heart with which we carry it out. Laws are also a good way of checking if we are still in first love. If they are a burden to carry out then it is probable that we are not in first love. His yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matthew 11:30). Sacrifice doesn’t feel like sacrifice when it is done in love (Hosea 6:6, Matthew 9:13, 12:7).
So recently I’ve been challenged to think about doing those laws that please Him like keeping the Sabbath holy. For me the Spirit in me is indicating that that means sitting around all day reading the bible, which is nice. He also has shown me that (again for me- we are not under any law in these matters) that it starts at 6pm on a Friday evening and ends at 6pm on a Saturday. The great thing is that you can take it or leave it, I on the other hand, have so enjoyed the extra fellowship and time with my first Love that I can’t wait to do it again. Well I can but you know what I mean.