Are You Obeying or Fulfilling God’s Commandments?

I had another one of those KFC moments today where I encountered one of my pastor friends. He invited me to sit down with him and eat, so I did. He was telling me about a trip he took to India with a group from his church. While there, he was asked the question, “Are you obeying the Great Commission or fulfilling it?” He told me about how this thought has resonated with him ever since.

I began to think about that on a wider level concerning all of God’s commandments. Before I continue, I want us to consider the difference between obeying and fulfilling. Do we obey God’s commandments to comply with God’s standard or do we fulfill them in order to see them through to completion? Are we checking off that we shared the Gospel, or are we leading people to faith in Christ, baptizing them, and seeing them grow into fully devoted followers of Christ who are doing the aforementioned things?

I’m afraid that many of us (if we are doing any part of the Great Commission) are either doing a portion of this or have a narrow view of what this can really be? Many believe that the Great Commission has to mirror the exact process their church does. But what if it is accomplished through house churches? What if it takes on an outside the box look while still doing what Jesus commanded?

The way to Heaven is narrow, the Great Commission is clear, but the way that takes shape should not be limited by man. What if God wants to do something bigger, but we choose to put it in our traditional box? May we be guilty of flowing in the liberty of the Holy Spirit rather than stifling a move of God because of methods with which we are uncomfortable.

6 thoughts on “Are You Obeying or Fulfilling God’s Commandments?

  1. As I read your post, you made me think of this scripture:

    Isaiah 43:19 Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.

    God is always in the business to doing the unconventional things. He ventures into the unfamiliar because it’s NEW. That’s what “New” means though…however, those stuck to old-time religion and outdated traditions are inflexible to change sooo it’s a tug-of-war with people that are stuck on the God of Yesterday…but forget that He’s also the same Today and forever…therefore, we as Christians shouldn’t get stuck on yesterday’s miracles and look forward to every New move of God. Just my two cents.

    Blessings.
    Sherline. 😀

  2. I love KFC moments. God is often feeding our souls when we take time to nourish our bodies. I sincerely mean that. One of the last times I was having one, a complete stranger voiced his concern in watching me as I was off in thought while writing. He asked to pray for me, and did so right there with no hesitation, and no shame. How ashamed I was that I am unable to be so bold when so many others need that unashamed concern and prayer as well.

  3. It’s easy to fall into the legalism trap… following a checklist rather than allowing the Holy Spirit to guide us to the heart of the matter. You have truly challenged us to move beyond the checklist. Thank you. This post is truly an “aha!”

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