Leviticus 20:7-8 – Consecrate yourselves, therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord your God. Keep my statutes and do them; I am the Lord who sanctifies you.
Why do we have rules? Seriously, what are they for? When I was little, I was convinced that some rules were just arbitrary dictates of those more powerful than me. While this may be true of some laws, this is only be true under tyranny. God’s Law is full of purpose.
What I have come to realize is that obedience leads to joy, and joy is a great goal. However, too often we settle for mere happiness, because joy takes work. Joy cannot be found in sin. Therefore we need to look to the Author for the rule of faith.
The Apostle John was very concerned with this issue when he wrote, “These things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. This then is the message which we have heard of him [Jesus], and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:4-7).
Joy is found in the Light, and Jesus is the Light. This is why He taught us to seek first His spiritual kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy (Matthew 6:33). Jesus Christ wants His people to enjoy the blessings of His presence. Therein we can say with the Apostle Thomas, “My Lord and my God” (John 20:28).
Strive for the holy of Christ. You will find joy in the bargain.