Desired Outcome by Mark Matson
In all organizations there are rules that all on the team are expected to live by. Leaders are expected to communicate them, most importantly, by personal example. The rules of engagement tell us what the expected behavior is on whatever team we are on. The rules are there to align the members of the team optimize their collective ability to achieve a desired outcome.
I ask myself: what is the “desired outcome” of my life as a Christian? What is my expected role in re=presenting Jesus Christ in the way I live? I understand Jesus to have basically said that “all statues and ordinances” can be summed up in the greatest commandment – to love God, my neighbor and myself. NO small aspiration. You may be surprised at the number of discreet, seemingly small ways, that love can be practiced.
Deuteronomy 4: 1-2, 5-9
So now, Israel, give heed to the statutes and ordinances that I am teaching you to observe, so that you may live to enter and occupy the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, is giving you. You must neither add anything to what I command you nor take away anything from it, but keep the commandments of the Lord your God with which I am charging you.
See, just as the Lord my God has charged me, I now teach you statutes and ordinances for you to observe in the land that you are about to enter and occupy. You must observe them diligently, for this will show your wisdom and discernment to the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and discerning people!’ For what other great nation has a god so near to it as the Lord our God is whenever we call to him? And what other great nation has statutes and ordinances as just as this entire law that I am setting before you today?
But take care and watch yourselves closely, so as neither to forget the things that your eyes have seen nor to let them slip from your mind all the days of your life; make them known to your children and your children’s children—