Growing up and even to this day, I hear people around me say things like, “Well, it’s technically not sinning; it doesn’t say I can’t do that in the Bible.” These people kind of missed the point of Christianity being more like a relationship than it is about following rules rigidly; these people tend to use that misguidedness to the own pleasure. We can’t be people who manipulate God’s teachings to fit our lifestyles, nor should we not be people who exploit one another. We must be people who live honestly, earnestly, and holy. God wants us to be holy, set apart from the world; therefore, we cannot live thoughtlessly like the world around us. If everyone is doing something, it’s hard to be the odd one out, but this passage tells us that sometimes, we may have to be the odd ones out for the Kingdom of God. If we blend in with the world and its influences, we absolutely CANNOT be set apart, or holy.
NOTES ON THE TEXT
5 “A woman shall not wear a man’s garment, nor shall a man put on a woman’s cloak, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD your God.”
This was to prevent perversion that was happening at this time, but I believe this is application at this current day and age as well. Despite what people may say and argue, as Christians, I think it’s important to uphold God’s holiness for us and His distinction in creating us in His wisdom.
4 You shall not see your brother’s donkey or his ox fallen down by the way and ignore them. You shall help him to lift them up again.
This is similar to verse 1, but this verse should shake many of us. Life isn’t just, “Oh it’s not my problem,” or “Well it’s not harming anybody,” or “Well the person lost it and I found it, so it’s mine,” nor is it about taking advantage of our own friends and families. There’s no specific record saying that exploiting people is a sin, but it’s about living with honor; we should be living to maximize the Presence of God, not to maximize our personal gains.
-Don’t compromise your holiness. I know it may seem intimidating, but God will honestly provide exactly everything that you need to live a lifestyle of holiness.
-God will provide courage, strength, comfort, and etc… We just have to remember that God isn’t cheap; He’s WISE.
-Of your words and your actions. Do you say or do different things based on who you are near?
-Is there a habit or a routine that is sinful? Or if you’re questioning if it’s actually sinful, ask yourself, “Does this produce fruits of the Spirit?” Whether you like it or not, if it doesn’t, it might not be beneficial to your spiritual growth.
-Write out those bad habits or routines and find accountability partners to help you live a lifestyle that is set apart.