Have you ever been disciplined by a loving parent? I grew up in a home that firmly believed in disciplining kids who misbehaved. This could come in a multitude of ways: timeouts, taking away TV privileges, not allowing friends to come over, and sometimes spanking. Why did my parents go as far as spanking us when we misbehaved? The reason is quite simple, really. They simply wanted to teach us that our actions have consequences, and they still do.
God is similar in that regard. All throughout the Bible, we can see God taking His favor away from people and nations because they did not obey. And they were judged according to their deeds. I’m reminded of King Saul in 1 Samuel when he was explicitly instructed by God to destroy absolutely everything in Amalek, but instead Saul took the livestock from the city and made an offering with it to God. While it seemed like Saul was trying to do a good thing, he simply disobeyed God, and the consequence was the loss of His favor and leading.
There are consequences for the things we do, both physical and spiritual. Our sin separates us from a perfect, flawless God—eternally. But God made a way for us when there should have been no way. God sent His son Jesus to Earth as a man, where he lived a perfect, sinless life, then died the death we deserve on a cross. But not only did Jesus die in our place, he rose from the dead three days later, proving that he was who he said he was! God made a way for us to live eternally with Him, free of sin, shame, pain, and suffering. He simply asks that we believe in Jesus and receive him as Lord and Savior. To have your name “written in the book of life,” you must have a personal relationship with Jesus.
By: Tyler Monroe — Worship Ministries Intern