Are These Commandments?

“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do … But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting.”

“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” … “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” … “But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back.”

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth … store up for yourselves treasures in heaven.” … “Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.”

“… do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. … Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.” … “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.”

“… go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”

“Love each other as I have loved you.” … “This is my command: Love each other.”

Jesus said these things. Unless He was exaggerating, He wants us to do them. He knows that doing them will be good for us, good for the kingdom, good for others, good for the whole world.

Whether they are commandments or not.

So what would happen if we stopped fretting so much about things that we might or might not be authorized to do, and started diving headfirst into doing the things He has asked us to do – with all our heart, soul, mind and strength?

7 thoughts on “Are These Commandments?

  1. I couldn’t agree more!Instead of trying to create imperatives from the silence of Scripture lets try to live out what is clear. These verses that you quote, if obeyed, show a watching world who Jesus is and what effect he has on those who follow him.His peace,Royce Ogle

  2. I can’t help but think that the world would be a much better place!I like that you included your Luke 12:33 verse, and am reminded of last year, when you spoke/wrote about that verse being, not necessarily a commandment, but a <>gift<>. Verses like these are a gift from God to us, not because they’re telling us what to/not to do, but because, if we do them, the world really will be a little bit better, and we will be blessed by doing them.

  3. Kieth,Wonderful post brother.I love the passage about fasting.Notice the wording of Jesus.Notice he says, “when” not “if” but “when” you fast….I think Jesus expects us to fast. I think He expects us to pray. Worship. I think each of these that you mention go beyond commandments but are spiritual disciples that help us become more like Christ. Thank you for this wonderful post brother. I pray that you have a great day and week!In Him,Kinney Mabry

  4. Keith,Thank you for the kind words on my “Tears” blog post. Thanks for the link to your post too. Blessings.Seeking Shalom,Bobby Valentine

  5. Until more understand what Jesus meant by true worshippers from John 4 and stop interpreting Colossians 3:17 through legalistic lenses, people will continue to bite and devour over what is authorized and missed doing the things that matter most to Jesus.How is that for a run-on?

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