Are You Obeying or Fulfilling God’s Commandments?

I had another one of those KFC moments today where I encountered one of my pastor friends. He invited me to sit down with him and eat, so I did. He was telling me about a trip he took to India with a group from his church. While there, he was asked the question, “Are you obeying the Great Commission or fulfilling it?” He told me about how this thought has resonated with him ever since.

I began to think about that on a wider level concerning all of God’s commandments. Before I continue, I want us to consider the difference between obeying and fulfilling. Do we obey God’s commandments to comply with God’s standard or do we fulfill them in order to see them through to completion? Are we checking off that we shared the Gospel, or are we leading people to faith in Christ, baptizing them, and seeing them grow into fully devoted followers of Christ who are doing the aforementioned things?

I’m afraid that many of us (if we are doing any part of the Great Commission) are either doing a portion of this or have a narrow view of what this can really be? Many believe that the Great Commission has to mirror the exact process their church does. But what if it is accomplished through house churches? What if it takes on an outside the box look while still doing what Jesus commanded?

The way to Heaven is narrow, the Great Commission is clear, but the way that takes shape should not be limited by man. What if God wants to do something bigger, but we choose to put it in our traditional box? May we be guilty of flowing in the liberty of the Holy Spirit rather than stifling a move of God because of methods with which we are uncomfortable.

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