Rules, Rules, Rules

Rules, Rules, Rules! It seems that’s all we have around here is Rules!

That could have been a quote that I would have said any day or every day when I was growing up as a student at North Love Christian School. The reason I felt this way was because I was totally oblivious to God’s purpose for the instructions of my father and the law of my mother. I felt that all they wanted to do was control my life. That was not the case. They actually wanted me to give away control of my life.

You see, as long as you or I control our lives, we will “fight with all our might” those who try to control or suppress it. It is our life-how dare they tell us how to live it?! That would have been my battle cry as a youth. Oh, how ignorant I was.

The Superior Work of Christ Through a Yielded Life

Oh how must different my life became when I stopped worrying about my own control of me and started learning how to yield to His control over me. It was then I saw that what He did for me, with me, through me and to me was far superior to what I had ever obtained
I hated rules on me because I wanted control over me. Oh how must different my life became when I stopped worrying about my own control of me and started learning how to yield to His control over me. It was then I saw that what He did for me, with me, through me and to me was far superior to what I had ever obtained when I followed the rules (8-18 yrs old-self righteousness) or when I rejected the rules (18-28 years old-unrighteousness).

This realization provided me a great sense of gratitude. It stimulated a relationship that is developing righteousness (28 years to today) My rules are tighter than they have ever been. Or so I am told by the society who watches me live. However, to be honest with you, I wouldn’t realize it. I don’t even follow them any more! Rather I just submit to God and He follows His own set of rules. Below is a proverb to help you understand what I mean today.

Proverbs 1:8-9 (Dissected and Defined)

My son, hear the instruction (information given) of thy father, and forsake not the law (boundaries) of thy mother: For they shall be an ornament (something which, when added to another, renders it more beautiful to the eye) of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.

Daily-Devo Paraphrase:

According to these verses, instruction and law are an ornament. An ornament is something added to render it more beautiful.

The ornaments of instruction and law will never produce Life. Though every one of us needs to glean information and set boundaries, they are not a substitute for the Spirit’s work. He teaches that unless they adorn grace (that is God’s work on our behalf), they are Powerless – that is the Hidden Life! However, when one lives the Hidden Life that God initiates within, following instruction and remaining in obedience to His law is then adorned to that life, making it even more attractive.

Ornaments of the Hidden Life

You see, instruction and law compliment the Hidden Life. They cannot substitute, nor can they produce Life within. Rather, they become an accent to the Hidden Life within.

These verses compare them to a headpiece and chains that lie upon the neck. It is referring to a crown and necklace. To see a crown or necklace in a showcase is beautiful…but yet, it is lifeless. However, when they “rest” upon the Queen (whose name is Grace!), it is breathtaking to all who behold them!

Beautification vs Lifelessness of Obedience to Information

Solomon is warning his son and all who will follow his advice to his son to remember the value of information gained and to obey his mother’s boundaries! But, if they don’t adorn the grace of God doing the work for you then, they are lifeless. Why? Because we are gleaning knowledge and exercising obedience, but we are rejecting the work of God.

When adorned upon a Spirit-filled life, instruction and law become an ornament of grace, and then God will complete His work! This ensemble will become jewelry that points to the Life living within.

Jewelry in a cabinet? Veeeerrrry Nice! The ability to place the jewelry of obedience and education onto God’s “body of work” — Grace? Priceless!

This kind of jewelry is what I call a real Hidden Treasure!

Hope we all have a week in which our life is Hidden in Christ Jesus.

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Steve Curington grew up in a Christian home and graduated from North Love Christian School in 1984. After high school, Steve started a 10-year addiction to alcoholism and cocaine. After a serious car accident, Steve found complete sobriety through his relationship with Jesus Christ. After his recovery in 1996, Steve began Reformers Unanimous, a faith-based addiction ministry. What started as a humble, Friday night addiction class with four regular attendees in Rockford, Illinois, grew to a class of more than 300 people from the community and then spread to other churches across the country and around the world. The founder of Reformers Unanimous International (RU) died suddenly on October 30, 2010. Mr. Curington, a husband and father of five children, was only 45, but he accomplished more in his 15 years of ministry than many do in a lifetime. We know his work, his writing, his voice, and his reach will live on.

One thought on “Rules, Rules, Rules

  1. WOW! what an analogy of God's Word…awesome insight. I want to try to be as beautiful inside as the necklace…..

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