Devotion 8-11-21

Devotion by Bill Mayall

Our ministers have recently embarked on a sermon series focused on the Ten Commandments (Exodus: Chapter 20, 2-17). I have found the sermons interesting, thought provoking, and helpful as their messages have caused me to reflect on just how well I integrate the Commandments into my daily actions. 

It seems we all learn about the Commandments at any early age; perhaps we even recall memorizing them as part of a Sunday School experience. And, we have all no doubt at some point seen the movie The Ten Commandments! But, as I listened to the sermons over the past few weeks, I have developed an increased appreciation for the “complexity” or broader meaning of each of the Commandants covered thus far in the sermon series. In other words, the sermons have taken my understanding of the Commandments to something beyond simply the “sound bite” of ten pithy statements etched in stone. For that I am grateful. 

I find this set of biblical principles relating to ethics and worship a compelling moral guide to help guide my daily actions. They remind me of what I aspire to as a Christian (even if I fall short on a regular basis). Thankfully, along with the Commandments comes the saving grace of our Lord and Savior. So, for me, it isn’t so much about where do I fail to measure up, but rather, how can I integrate the Commandants into my life so I am more Christ-like in my daily actions. 

Prayer: Lord, you have given us the direction we need to be faithful followers of your Word. You have told us You are the Way, the Truth and the Light. We pray you will give us the wisdom, patience, courage and perseverance to live our lives in a way that is pleasing to you. We know your Grace is sufficient for all situations. Guide us, Lord. Help your humble servants to follow your Commandments and do your Will. Amen. 

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