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If I do all the commandments, when will I do enough?

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In asking this question, you have started off in the wrong direction. Essentially you have ask what is the minimum that I can do to be pleasing to God. Yet God doesn’t want our minimum effort. When a lawyer asked Jesus what he needed to do to have eternal life, Jesus asked him, “"What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?" So he answered and said," 'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,' and 'your neighbor as yourself.'" And He said to him, "You have answered rightly; do this and you will live." But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?"” (Luke 10:26-29). The lawyer knew what he needed to do to have eternal life. He had to love the Lord his God with all his being and strength. Jesus agreed that if he truly did this he would live. Yet the lawyer didn’t want that much effort. He questioned which of his neighbors he was supposed to love. Jesus’ answer is the story of the good Samaritan. The point of the story is that everyone you come into contact with is your neighbor. When you look for the exception clause, you miss the whole point. Jesus stated, “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15). Can you imagine replying to Jesus, “which ones?” Love demands our all and even when we do everything possible, we know that it was only what was expected of us. “And which of you, having a servant plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, 'Come at once and sit down to eat'? But will he not rather say to him, 'Prepare something for my supper, and gird yourself and serve me till I have eaten and drunk, and afterward you will eat and drink'? Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I think not. So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, 'We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.'” (Luke 17:7-10). It is our duty to serve God – not out of convenience, but out of our love for our Master. “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man's all” (Ecclesiastes 12:13). Under the old covenant, the Israelites were told, “And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the LORD and His statutes which I command you today for your good?” (Deuteronomy 10:12-13). Do you think that Moses had a minimum in mind that the Israelites had to follow? I certainly don’t. If that was required for the old covenant, what do you think God expects of the followers of the new covenant? “For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was

What can you or I leave out and still observe all the things that Jesus commanded? The removal of even one small part changes it from all to only some. and the fellowship of His sufferings. God knows we will stumble. God warned the Israelites not to add to his word nor take anything away from it. these I have counted loss for Christ. He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. the righteous Judge. but I press on. Jesus told his disciples to teach His followers. and in Him there is no darkness at all. It was only at the very end of his life. Nor can we say at some point. I do not count myself to have apprehended. and the time of my departure is at hand. and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. will give to me on that Day. when Paul knew he would not be in the world much longer. we have fellowship with one another. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness. but one thing I do. or am already perfected. not having my own righteousness. a person is trying to figure out what parts he can safely subtract from God’s law. forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. according to His own will?” (Hebrews 2:2-4). you shall not add to it nor take away from it” (Deuteronomy 12:32). be careful to observe it. “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:20). I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:7-14). ”Whatever I command you. Finally. “I have reached the pinnacle. I have finished the race. If we say that we have no sin. Not that I have already attained. our very best effort. but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light. if. By looking for the minimum to please God. the righteousness which is from God by faith. “This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you. but that which is through faith in Christ. I have fought the good fight. that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. The answer is that it is never safe to nullify any of God’s commands. If we say that we have not sinned. now I can relax. which is from the law.” (II Timothy 4:6-8). that I may gain Christ and be found in Him. God understands that no one will be able to follow His commands perfectly. there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness. Brethren. Yet. we lie and do not practice the truth. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord. and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. the fact that we will sin does not mean we don’t try our very best to be found pleasing in His sight. I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. and gifts of the Holy Spirit.confirmed to us by those who heard Him. God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders. being conformed to His death. “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering. . While God demands that we give Him our all. that he was able to write. If we confess our sins. “But what things were gain to me. I have kept the faith. which the Lord. for whom I have suffered the loss of all things. and count them as rubbish. that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection. that God is Light. so an avenue is given for recovering from our faults. by any means. we make Him a liar and His word is not in us” (1 John 1:5-10). we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. with various miracles.” Paul told this about his own life.