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Inspired by Packer’s popular title, Keeping the Ten Commandments, here are three unexpected ways you may be breaking God’s commandments, along with tips to kick the habit:
1. Not keeping your word
We make promises every day. Whether or not we promise them in “the name of God,” as Christians, it’s assumed that our word is sworn by God. Therefore, when we break our promises, we’re taking the Lord’s name in vain. So no matter how lighthearted a commitment may seem, if you say you’ll do something, fulfill your word!
2. Treating elders with disrespect
One winter weekend during college, a friend and I decided to drive to her family’s house in Michigan. We couldn’t wait—all I needed was the quick “OK” from my mom and dad to use their car.
They said no. Something about “winter storms” always popping up in Michigan.
I clearly remember the battle that ensued as I yelled and argued with my mother. And by “battle,” I mean I was I was the only fighting. She calmly remained on the other line, but consistently responded with a firm “no.” I still cringe when I think about the way I spoke to her during that conversation.
Did I honor their command to not drive to Michigan? Yes. Did I truly honor them throughout this scenario? Absolutely not.
Whether it’s your parents, work colleagues, or pastor, don’t just heed what they say—respond with a joyful heart. God puts leaders in our lives for countless reasons—safety, accountability, and to teach us lessons. Honor God by respecting those who share their wisdom and advice.
3. Stealing from God
“Do not steal” seems like a straightforward command. But have you thought about what can be stolen beyond tangible items? What about time? Packer says, “Employees contract to do so many hours’ work for so much pay and fail to do it. We start late, finish early, stretch coffee, lunch, and tea breaks, and waste time in between. This is theft.” The same goes for spending time with God. You may try to block out time for devotions, but it probably doesn’t occur on a regular basis. Sleep, work, and the hustle and bustle of everyday life take over. By allowing superficial tasks to rule your calendar, you’re losing precious time with Christ.
View your quiet time with God as an escape. Set aside time with him each day and you’ll find yourself being infinitely more blessed than you would through any other activity.
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