About 75′ from the front of my apartment is a playground used by the children living in this complex. The other day, I had my windows open and was sitting in my easy chair in front of the windows working on my computer. A group of children were playing on and around the equipment when I heard one child cry out, “I made this game up so I can make the rules.” This made me laugh. Quickly, I sobered up and realized there are many times I take that attitude with God. “This is my life, so I can make up the rules.” How often we forget, it was God who created us for His plan, for His purpose. Psalm 139:13 says, “For You created my inmost being, You knit me together in my mother’s womb.” How many times do we forget that?
Unfortunately, all to often, we forget God’s plan for us is the same today as it was in the days of Jeremiah. His plans are still “to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Some of us believe because we’re not rich as the world defines rich, they think God has forgotten them and so they continue to play by their own rules. His greatest desire is for us to “call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with ALL (emphasis mine) your heart.”
Shortly before Jesus was crucified, the religious leaders asked, “Teacher, which is your greatest commandment in the Law?” To which, Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” Are you living by your rules or by God’s rules? You say you want to live by God’s rules but you don’t know how or where to start? Paul tells us in Romans 10 if we confess with the mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. The best place to start is by attending a church that preaches the Word of God or talk to someone you know who is a close follower of Jesus Christ. You know who that is, don’t wait any longer. Jesus Christ said, “Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”