THE BOUNDARIES OF GOD
In just about every sporting arena there are rules that govern the games. No matter the sport, in order to maintain discipline and keep order, rules must be established and adhered to. In most sporting events there are physical areas designated as out of bounds. This typically means the boundaries have been set and you can’t go beyond those established areas. If or when one does, it results in penalties and those penalties can sometimes be very costly. We saw this happen recently at one of the world’s largest sporting events.
God has set boundaries for his followers when it comes to his word. In 1 Corinthians 4:6 it reads, “I have applied all these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, brothers, that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another.” “Do not go beyond what is written”. This means we cannot add to or change that which is already clearly stated in the word of God. To do so means we have violated the boundary line, and this assuredly will result in penalties that could cost us our soul.
John wrote in 2 John 9, “Everyone who goes ahead, and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. Whoever abides in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son”. What we believe or practice religiously must line up with the word of God. If it doesn’t, we don’t have God and risk losing it all. Let us not gamble on losing our soul by stepping out of bounds and doing what feels good to us religiously? God has set the rules; he will call the fouls and issue the penalties for going outside the boundaries of his word. May we who love the Lord keep his word completely.