Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. Matt. 22:36
Only a fool thinks that walking according to God’s precepts is confining. It’s only because that person hasn’t tried it. I used to be a fool. I put discipleship on hold; the kind of discipleship that sought after God and His Word with a single-minded passion. I considered myself neutral. I wasn’t consciously running after Satan’s precepts, nor was I running after God’s.
I failed to realize that neutrality doesn’t exist. To not hunger and thirst after righteousness is to settle for the ways of my soul, which are really the devil’s counterfeit. I found out the hard way that doing my own thing, even though I was moral in my behavior, led to confinement. I hadn’t counted on the minefields of the mind, the unstable grounds of the heart. My internal world looked nothing like the composed, controlled outward exterior I showed to the public. Inside, I was scared, threatened, lonely, and lost. Without the precepts of the mind of Christ, I was subject to my own rudder, or lack of. I ended up in a prison of my own making. Confinement to say the least!
Now, as a matter of daily discipline, I bind my mind to the mind of Christ. I loose my mind from the grip of my flesh. As long as God’s precepts rule my world, inside and outside, I know the freedom of living in a spacious place. The vistas are expansive. The view is breathtaking. The roads available to me are endless. The mysteries are intellectually and intuitively challenging. There is no graduation, then coasting into retirement before taking my last breath. There is wonder for the keenest centenarian.
The doors inside the castle of the kingdom are only available for the one who enters by the narrow gate. To come by way of Jesus is to come initially through the narrow way – which then opens to the wide places the psalmist describes. David said in another Psalm. “He brought me out into a spacious place and rescued me because He delighted in me.” God’s precepts don’t lead to an imprisoned life. They lead to an endless array of exhilarating choices.
I think I’ve only just begun to see what spacious really means, Lord. I want it all. Open my heart fully to your kingdom. Amen