When I violate any law in the country, I disobey God

| August 28, 2013

This is a recent conviction that has placed in my heart and that is to confront the ‘small’ things I do that I know are breaking the law. Many of us tend to place lots more focus on what we feel are the more ‘serious’ sins like murder or theft and conveniently overlook the ‘smaller’ sins like lying and dishonesty. We justify ourselves that since we do not commit the major sins, it’s alright to continue in the smaller ones.

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.
~ Rom 13:1-3

Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.
~ 1 Pet 2:13-17

I think that if we all stop running away from the voice in our spirits telling us that some ‘small’ things that we do are wrong, we will realize that there are many areas in our lives that we need to ask God for forgiveness and repent. By repentance, it means resolving wholeheartedly, with the grace of God, not to do it again.

Typical ‘small’ sins that we (including myself) do can be:

    1. Using software, movies, music that you’ve downloaded illegally.
    2. Tearing parking coupons not according to the exact time that you started parking.
    3. Claiming more than your actual travel expenses from your company.
    4. Using illegal cable TV boxes without paying for the subscription.
    5. Making illegal U-turns on the roads.
    6. Illegal parking.

‘But some of these are so trivial, and it doesn’t hurt anyone!’ some of you might say, and I said it too and am still saying it for certain things, but you know it doesn’t negate the fact that God has called us all to obey the laws of the land. Unless of course they are in conflict with the laws of God. But otherwise, whenever we break any of the laws, big or small, we sin.

I realize that it is an extremely hard thing to do to obey every single trivial law, even things like jaywalking. But I know that God has not called us to do things beyond what we can bear (1 Cor 10:13). And God does not demand perfection from us instantly. But I think that God demands that we obey the convictions that the Holy Spirit is bringing in each of our hearts individually. For example, I have lived with tearing coupons much later than the actual time I start parking for years. But it’s only recently, that the voice of God has become much louder and convincing that I find the strength to stop doing it just to save a few bucks. Trust me, it’s not easy, seeing how much faster your coupons and consequently your money gets spent. But if I have faith in God, I know that He can surely bless me back many fold materially if He desires.

So for each of us, we need to allow ourselves to listen to what God is telling us to stop doing and to take it 1 step at a time. To be honest, I still have not found the strength or conviction to stop jaywalking. Perhaps I will in due season, but for now, working on being honest with my parking fees is sufficient.

Salvation doesn’t come from works. But if we say we love God, we need to follow His commandments. We need to obey His laws. There is no excuse even if you have been saved by grace. Only then can we know Him deeper and allow a greater flow of His blessings in our lives. So what ‘small’ laws have you been breaking regularly, and is it time to stop?

Blessed is the man
who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
or stand in the way of sinners
or sit in the seat of mockers.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.
Ps 1:1-3

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I have been a follower of Christ for more than 20 years now. Started from a Methodist church, then went on to a few charasmatic churches and again back to a Methodist church now. Thus I have experienced and seen a wide flavor of different denominations. Personally, I consider myself non-denominational as I can worship in many different styles. The important thing is that I follow the gospel and love Jesus. I am currently serving as a musician and a worship leader in my church. I believe that my calling is to help others enter into the presence of God through worship. I also enjoy teaching and discipling other believers, which is the main reason why this site was started. I hope to find other believers to join me in this cause to reach out and encourage other believers.

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