Welcome back to Life of LAB. It’s day 6! Today we continue our quick LAB series with a blog titled Rule vs. Ruler.
The words rule, command, and instruction are probably our favorite words in the whole world. In fact, most of us can recount the saying, “Rules are meant to be broken.” And in 2 Chronicles 30:18-20, that’s exactly what happened.
This story is part of the Old Testament, and grace is not a word used or really understood. Yet, it is understood that God is a God of compassion; the birthplace of grace.
The people of God had been away from the God of Israel; the God of their ancestors and King Hezekiah decides to send out letters to all the places where they’re living inviting them to the Lord’s Passover.
His plea was, “People of Israel, return to the Lord, the God of Abraham, Issac, and Israel, that he may return to you. … Do not be stiff-necked, as your ancestors were; submit to the Lord. Come to His sanctuary, which He has consecrated forever. … For the Lord your God is gracious and compassionate. He will not turn his face from you if you return to him.”
The bible says, many of the people had not purified themselves, yet they ate the Passover, which was contrary to what was written.
So King Hezekiah prayed, “May the Lord, who is good, pardon everyone who sets their hearts on seeking God— the Lord, the God of their ancestors—even if they are not clean according to the rules of the sanctuary.” And the bible says in verse 20, “The Lord heard Hezekiah and healed the people.”
Therefore my question today is, “Where’s your bold prayer that calls on the character of God, and that aids God’s vision for His people?” or do you only choose to break the rules for self? Maybe you’re waiting to become ruler. Perhaps you have not realized your significance in a body of believers.
In 1 Corinthians 12:12, it reads, “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form on body, so it is with Christ.
Verse 15, “Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body, it would not for that reason stop being a part of the body. Verse 17, “If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? Verses 21-23, “The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you! On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. Verse 25, “So that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.”
Thus with such concern, vision, and sensible rule breaking the faith has been brought a great distance. And yet, there is still a distance to go. There is still a great need for discerning prayers and letters that greet the people of God with commanding order, not to take command of the Body of Christ, but taking command of our hand, our foot, our ear, our eye; whatever part we have been given a role in.
Thank you for joining Life of LAB 2018. Join us tomorrow for the final blog in our quick LAB series.
And remember to go within that you may never go without. The God within you awaits you. Until our paths collide again, I wish you... Peace, Love, Life, and Complete Wholeness in Christ.
NaTisha Renee Williams