Basics to live by
Besides the personalized nudges God gives us at specific moments, there are non-negotiables that apply to us all equally and always. God expects us all to trust him enough to let him lead, and he expects us to obey his directives with or without getting an explanation from him.
As we use the "Mercy Verses" or the Daily Bible Reading List for Mercy Season, it is always good to be looking for the non-negotiables, the things God is telling us to obey. And when we do not know all the reasons, it is best to give God the benefit of the doubt.
Otherwise we may repeat that first sin of Adam and Eve. They were given a command, told what the penalty would be for breaking it, but not told everything about the rationale for it. Under those circumstances, they doubted the goodness of God's motives for the command, and they chose not to obey it. Let's learn from history--obey God first and ask questions later.
However, God does expect us to use the brains he gave us. That's why it is so important to SYNC (see ourselves in Christ). If we see ourselves properly, we won't have to be taught a lot of other things. They will be obvious.
For example, if we see ourselves as mercy agents, spreading the healing forgiveness that Christ's sacrifice provided, we will care about people who are troubled by guilt about their own faults or resentment of the faults of others, trying to do the best to get over things but never really satisfied that they are fully forgiven and healed. They could receive forgiveness from Jesus and discover life on a whole new level. If we are supposed to be the mercy agents who let them know about this new level of living, why would we not tell them it is available? What kind of "agents" keep quiet about what they represent?
Bottom line: being in SYNC with Christ is the one non-negotiable above all the others. We have zero tolerance for anything that gets us out of SYNC with him.
FAQs on non-negotiables and obedience
1. Don't non-negotiables mean bigotry? Isn't it better to be open-minded?