When it comes to God and His Word there are only two rules. Rule number one, “Obey all rules”. Rule number two, “Obey rule number one”. As simplistic as this might seem, God doesn’t allow anyone to break His rules, whether great or small.
Adam and Eve broke God’s rule in the garden and was cast out. Moses broke God’s rule in the wilderness and was not allowed into the land of Canaan. Adab and Abihu broke God’s rule of worship and were killed. Uzzah broke God’s rule on how to handle the ark of the covenant and was killed. Ananias and Sapphira broke God’s rule about lying, and were killed. One of the greatest rules we have to obey today was given by Jesus to be preached unto all the world. It goes like this: “He that believes and is baptized shall be saved” and those who break this rule shall be condemned (Mk 16:16).
It has been my observation over the years that there are some people who have great difficulty in following rules, especially God’s rules. Seemingly most everyone believes that God still winks at ignorance and allows people to make up their own rules (Acts 17:30). Most obey the laws of the land because they know if they don’t they will most likely pay the price. Most disobey God’s rules because he delays punishment until after death.
Do you find yourself usually thinking you know a better way to do something? In following certain procedures do you usually have to tweak them just a little? It is these kind of people who think that man’s rules contain flaws, therefore, it is commendable to make changes to God’s rules. We get to thinking we can alter this a little and ignore something else a little and it won’t hurt anything. And when we do such, nothing “punishes” us, so we get careless, perhaps indifferent.
Ignoring the rules of the world brings only worldly consequences; But ignoring the rules of God brings eternal consequences. We need to carefully, thoughtfully consider that.
Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven” (Matt. 7:21). Acceptable service to God is based on doing his will and not ours. Even Jesus submitted himself to the will of God. In the Garden of Gethsemane he prayed 3 times that his cup pass from him but then he added, “Not my will but your will be done.” (Mt 26:39). Remember, the servant is not about his master (Mt 10:24). If Jesus had to submit to God’s will, then so do we! Recognizing Christ as Lord is not enough. We have to do his complete will. That is what the Scriptures teach and that is the way it is. We must “follow God’s rules” or else, and God’s else is eternal damnation!