Consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am the LORD your God. Keep my decrees and follow them. I am the LORD, who makes you holy.
God is unwavering in His “if you’re not for me, you’re against me” position. If you think about the nature of God, he has no choice. He’s perfect, He can only be perfect, and He will always be perfect.
“Keep my decrees” he says. The world is very much against that, in fact it says do anything and everything that’s contrary to God; it’s ok and it’s your ‘right’. Yet God cautions against it because there are consequences.
In my life, I’ve made many, many mistakes. I’ve learned what not to do. Along the way I’ve left a path destruction and hurt in spite of my best worldly intentions. Fortunately, I saw the errors of my ways and have worked to follow His decrees. Still fail all the time, yet I see positive results in my family, at work, in my sphere of influence.
In the chapter it cautions against sacrificing children to Satan. He cautions against being like the people the Israelites are driving out because what they did was against everything God is about, an abomination. What is your life more like? Who do you look to for your inspiration – the world or God ? Not who do you want to, but what do your actions show?
The reality the world blinds us to is that there are consequences to our decisions. This is a truth. A decision must be made – will you follow God or Satan? There are no other choices. By not doing one, you’re doing the other in the eyes of the source of truth – God. There’s no other way because the very nature of truth is that it cannot be in contradiction with itself.
To be in His presence, we must be perfect in His eyes. It’s the only way, and we cannot be good enough to be perfect. Hence, a savior. Our savior. Jesus. Not of man, yet a man. Wholly unique, an unmerited gift from God to us. The gift of grace.
Choose wisely young Grasshopper (anyone remember the TV show Ku Fu?), but be aware that even if you don’t want to, you’re making a choice.