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A well-known television host did a story recently about a judge who is attempting to reduce the 10 Commandments down to 6 Commandments. Without going into all the details, I found the host's comments to be very insightful. He wondered what Moses would think about such a travesty.
Moses. Not the author of the commandments. Not the One up in heaven who gave us the commandments. But Moses. Really? Moses?
If that doesn't paint a picture of the way many people view God, I don't know what does. This story was reported on the day after the President of the United States came out in favor of gay marriage. Does anyone take God seriously today?
For many, God is just an unknown higher power who is there to protect us, but He doesn't really expect too much out of us. As long as we go through some religious motions, the big guy will keep looking out for us.
How seriously do you take God? How seriously do you take His commandments? Are you alarmed and even fearful when you break one of God's commands? Or are you more worried about what your pastor or priest might think of you?
How seriously do you take the cross where Jesus died for you? Oh…..you don't believe in that? I see. Well then, I guess you don't take it seriously at all.
Every day many people step across the line from this earth to their eternal home. Suddenly, within seconds after their death, they take God very seriously. But by that time, their eternal destiny is sealed. How about you? Where would you go if you died today?
Moses was a man and nothing more. Your pastor or priest isn't God. You won't be judged by that spiritual leader. You will stand before your Creator one day. And I guarantee, you will be taking Him very seriously on that day.
The wisest people on earth are those who recognize that they have broken God's laws….you know, the ones Moses brought down the mountain. These wise people also realize that only Christ can forgive their sins and give them a new heart. That's why they trust in Him completely and in His death for their sins.
What about you? Do you have a relationship with God through faith in Christ? If not, then I encourage you to begin to take that very seriously. You may or may not believe in its importance today. One day you will. And I assure you that you will not be worried about Moses' opinion on that day.
Jesus wants us to take sin very seriously....so much so, He said this: "If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire." (Matthew 18:8) Literally, you would be much better off on earth with no hands or feet if that's what it took to keep you from chasing sin all the way to hell.
Doctors understand how this works when trying to save someone who has a deadly bodily infection. Aimee Copeland is a 24-year-old Georgia student who was infected a couple weeks ago with a rare flesh-eating infection. Aimee's hands and feet have been amputated in hopes of preventing the infection from spreading to her blood. This extreme infection has required incredibly drastic measures. The doctors and the family understand the seriousness of the infection.
Likewise, the deadly infection of sin is in your soul....and it has spread. The only blood that can heal you is the blood of Jesus which was shed on the cross for you. Jesus does not want you to go to hell. That is why He died for you. Are you ready to get serious about your infection....and the cure, or hasn't it hit you yet that your spiritual infection is so severe? His blood will wash away your sin only when you place your faith in Christ alone.
Some people take God and sin seriously. Others don't. Some people take God at His Word. Others don't. You can be one of the "haves," or the "have nots." You can have the cure for your infection, or not. You can live for Christ, or not. You can go to heaven, or not. Isn't it time to get serious about your sin and your Savior? After all, you're not getting any younger....and eternity isn't getting any shorter.