Basics to live by
Besides the personalized nudges and assignments God gives us at specific moments, there are non-negotiables that apply to all his campaign team members all the time. For example, without exception, campaign team members are required to do things the way Jesus wants them done. We don't need any special nudge about that. We simply honor him as the campaign leader, and we trust his judgment.
We keep going back to the Scripture all the time, pondering it, and discussing it with friends in order to keep getting a better grasp of God's campaign and how he wants us to go about it. Too often we assume we know what the campaign is about, and it is true that the campaign is simple in a sense (heal, bless, connect). But in another sense it is extremely complicated and has many features that seem illogical, weak, or unwise from a human point of view. As soon as we stop paying attention to the details in Scripture, we drift into doing things the way they make sense to us, and that is highly dangerous. That is how the establishment leaders were thinking when they executed Jesus.
As we use the "Roots Verses" or the Daily Bible Reading List for Roots 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, through reading and discussing the Scriptures, we come to see ourselves as fulfillments of God's ancient promise to bless the world through the descendants of Abraham. Then we will care about people who are poor, people under stress, people who have no clue who Abraham was or why it matters. If we do not care or even lift a finger to help, we are out of SYNC with God's campaign goals. We are not playing on the campaign team.
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?