He was one of those deacons who spoke much more than was necessary and did much less than was needed. There was always a discrepancy between the way he lived, and the way he worked for the Lord.
One day he stopped by his pastor’s office in a state of great excitement. “Pastor,” he shouted, “I’m going to the Holy Land. Isn’t that wonderful? Aren’t you happy for me?”
“Well, yes I am, at least I think so.” said his pastor.
“Do you know what I’m going to do?” he asked.
“No, no I don’t. But I’m sure you’re going to tell me,” came the reply.
“When my group gets to the top of the mountain where God gave Moses the Ten Commandments, I’m going to have the group sit in front of me in a half circle while I read the Ten Commandments out loud. Isn’t that exciting? I’m thrilled,” he continued.
“Deacon,” replied his pastor, “I think it would be much better for God and your group if you’d stay at home and lived them right here right now.”
The Psalmist came straight to the point: “In keeping them, there is great reward.”
Many of us have memorized them, given copies of them to others - perhaps even entered into arguments as to why or why not The Ten Commandments should be placed in public places where everyone could see and read them.
However, if God were involved in the conversation, I’m sure He’d be with the pastor and say, “Just live them!”
Prayer: Father, it’s much easier to talk about You than live a life that is pleasing to You. Help us, please, to show others who You are by how we live. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward. Psalm 19:11