“Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
There were a few times in my childhood when my mother overheard a conversation that I was having when she would say, “Son, you conveniently left something out that I said.” In those times when I didn’t say everything that she said, I was trying to get something from my dad or someone else that I wanted, but what I left out was pertinent to what I was asking. Just that little bit that I left out changed the whole aspect of the question. It was important to include everything that was said for the person whom I was asking to understand everything about the situation being asked.
Jesus said in the verse above, “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you…” It was important to the LORD that His disciples presented the whole picture of Who Christ is, what He had done, and what He said in His Word. Every word is important to the LORD, that is why the promise of His presence and power is based on observing all things. If you want the LORD’s presence and power in your life, you are going to have to “observe all things” for that promise to be realized. Let me give you several observations concerning this truth.
First, Christianity is not a buffet line where you can pick and choose which words of the LORD you want to obey. Just because you don’t like parts of the LORD’s words doesn’t give you permission to skip over them. All of the LORD’s words are important to you becoming the Christian that you are supposed to be. If you treat God’s Word and the Christian life as a buffet line, you will miss pertinent things that are necessary for the LORD to complete His work in you.
Second, all things are important to you becoming a mature Christian. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 reminds us of this when it says, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” It is worth noting that the LORD said that we must “observe all things” and that “All scripture…is profitable…” You cannot mistake the importance of every word being followed and kept. Jesus made this clear in Luke 4:4 where He says, “…man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.” You will continue to struggle as a Christian until you decide to follow every word in the Scriptures.
Third, the world will never see Christ fully in you until you “observe all things.” One of the two biggest reasons you need to obey everything the LORD commands is because you are the only picture of Christ that the world sees. If you choose to obey part of what He commands, the world will get an untrue picture of Christ. My friend, what makes Christ so appealing is the fullness of Who He is. When you pick and choose which parts of the Scriptures you observe, you are portraying a skewed picture of Christ. The world needs to see the whole picture of Christ because that picture gives the answers to the problems they face.
Christian, are you skewing the picture of Christ because you are not observing all things? You will never influence the world the way you should until all things in the Scriptures are observed and obeyed. Don’t leave the pertinent information of Christ out of your life because you don’t want to follow it.