Today’s Scripture: For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. 1 John 5:3

Recently I read the following story and wanted to share it with you: My doctor had recommended a surgeon and referred me to a specialist. Arriving early for my appointment, I found the door unlocked and the young surgeon deeply engrossed in reading behind the receptionist desk. Since he didn’t hear me come in, I cleared my throat. Startled, he closed the book that he was reading, which I noticed was a Bible. I said, “Does reading the Bible help you before or after an operation?”

My fears were dispelled by his one-word answer: “During.”

The Word of God helps you in every aspect of life, but you have to see the value in it. You have to understand that is what is important in life if you want to be blessed, if you want to unlock what God has for you. Most people think the Word of God is a burden, and they do not open it and they do not know what it says. If you don’t know what it says, you cannot meditate on it.

1 John 5:3 says, “This is the love of God that we keep His commandments.” Some people think keeping the commandments of God is grievous or burdensome, but it says here that His commandments are not grievous. No one can keep God’s commandments for eternal life because eternal life is free. You cannot be good enough to go to heaven.

Galatians 5:13 says you have been called unto liberty. There is liberty and freedom, and it is a wonderful thing. Just don’t use that liberty as an occasion to the flesh. What does that mean? It means we should not say, “Because I’m saved by God’s grace, I’m just going to do whatever I want to do.”

While it is technically true that you could live however you want, it is a horrible way to live. It will not make you unsaved, but it will make you unhappy. It will make others unhappy. It will hurt you because you’re going to have to reap what you have sown and you will lose rewards that you could have had for serving the Lord. There are all sorts of ramifications for living a godless life even after salvation. It is possible but it is horrible. Don’t use liberty as an occasion to the flesh, but by love, serve one another.

Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.