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Obey Rules

We are naturally inclined to bending and breaking rules. Disobedience is not seriously viewed by many. Children should obey parents, citizens should obey the laws of the country, and workers should follow the rules of the enterprise. Laws govern the life of every society. As Christians, it is as important to abide by the rules of the earthly government as it is to follow the laws of God.

We often take for granted traffic violations like, jumping signals, parking in the wrong places, over speeding, riding without helmets, etc. Accepting and offering bribes, employing illegal and unethical methods to make profits, exploiting the poor and the helpless for personal gains, cheating the government by evading taxes, are all amounting to the violation of God’s laws.

“Everyone must obey the state authorities, because no authority exists without God’s permission, and the existing authorities have been put there by God…. That is also why you pay taxes, because the authorities are working for God when they fulfill their duties. Pay, then, what you owe them; pay them your personal and property taxes, and show respect and honor for them all.” (Romans 13:1-7 GNT)

As God’s children we must be examples before others. Children should be taught to abide by rules or else they will grow up as rebellious people.

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Faith or Rules?

The Scriptures say, “God accepted Abraham because Abraham had faith in him.” Money paid to workers isn’t a gift. It is something they earn by working. 5But you cannot make God accept you because of something you do. God accepts sinners only because they have faith in him. (Rom.4:1-12)

Religions of the world teach that you need to follow a set of rules to be acceptable to God. This is a sinful man’s futile attempt to reach the Holy God. No religion can assure you of the forgiveness of your sins. Neither can any one of them guarantee you eternal life. But Jesus offers you these and a host of other blessings. Knowing this, will you still go for religion or want to trust Jesus?

Rules Insufficient

Those who claim the legacy of Abraham argue that Abraham was accepted by God because He observed the rules like circumcision. They try on their own merit to earn God’s favor and get to heaven. They also try to look for others who can recommend their case before God. However, these rules and recommendations are of no avail.

Faith Sufficient

God accepts people only because of their faith in Him and His Word. Abraham acted in obedience because he believed God. Obedience should result from faith. Obedience can not bring faith, neither can it make anyone acceptable to God. The Bible says, faith is the key. From beginning to end it is faith and nothing else. Once you have believed, then God begins His work of transformation in you. Then you will want to obey and follow God’s instructions. This obedience of faith will be pleasing to God.