It doesn’t do us much good to try and understand what each of God’s original commandments mean if we don’t first understand why He even gives us rules in the first place. Because when we understand God’s heart behind the rules, we may just find that our motivation for obeying them (or paying any attention to them at all, for that matter) is quite different than it once was.
It Only Works If I'm Number One
You shall have no other gods before me. Sounds like a logical choice for #1 on the list of God’s commands for us, but what does it actually mean? What constitutes a “god” in our life? And how do we know if we’re putting it before God himself?
Don't put me on a shelf
No idols. It's easy to think the second command is essentially a repeat of the first - don't have gods in your life that are more important to you than the God. But if we're willing to take a closer look we may discover that this command is actually about what we do with God himself rather than His competitors.
Don't Lie About Me
If the Ten Commandments are really the biggies when it comes to God’s rules for our lives, is number three on the list really don’t attach God’s name to a swear word or exclamatory phrase (OMG!)? Not that we necessarily recommend doing either, but it’s possible that we’ve missed the bigger point when it comes to how the third commandment was to intended to be applied to our lives.
Trust Me, I Got This
Take a day off. Really? Number four on the list? We all know we need rest, but could it be there's something greater going on with the "Sabbath" for it to garner such a high spot on His list of commands?
Stay in the Circle
Honor your parents. Certainly has a nice ring to it if we have kids at home, but that’s a command for them, not us, right? The reality is if we want our kids to obey this command and experience the blessings that go with it, it’s going to have to start with us… not to mention the fact that this command is for children of any age, and each of us is someone’s child.
Five down, five to go. And at the heart of it, each of the commands in the second half of the list essentially come down to one really big thing God wants for each of our lives.