How would you explain to a new Christian the goodness that comes from obeying God?
What if we do not obey? How do we reject our earthly family? Well we could simply state that we reject that relationship, or we could willing performs some action that would cause us to be rejected by the family (e.g. murder, steal, etc.). These actions would usually be a serious intentional act. A earthly father would take action to remove a member of a family that bring serious harm to the family.
(Ezekiel 18:24)”But if a righteous man stops doing good and starts doing all the evil disgusting things that evil men do, will he go on living? No! None of the good he did will be remembered. He will die because of his unfaithfulness and his sins.
Is repentance (change) hard or easy for you? Why? What should you repent?
God gives us the same options; we can reject, the family through direct or indirect (through our actions) means. But just as in a truly loving family relationship; if we change our mind and should desire to return to the family of God, we have that option. We can reject the actions we took that separated us from the family; and request the right to come back. We can avoid this by doing what is “right and fair.” Sacrifices and offerings are not bribes to make God overlook our character faults.
(Proverbs 21: 2-3)”You may think that everything you do is right, but remember that the Lord judges your motives.
“Do what is right and fair; that pleases the Lord more than bringing him sacrifices.”
I would like to take this opportunity to further discuss the area of whether you can loose the family relationship you have with God. I will ask you, would you like a family relationship where once you where in it, You could not leave it. Wouldn’t that be somewhat the same as a convict or a slave. Since we are free to be a child of Good or not be. Would it not make sense that this same freedom be given to us, to reject that relationship. Also since God provided us with a period of time to make the decision whether to become a child in his heavenly family, would it not make sense that he would give us time to Re-consider our decision and possibly reject it, or change our mind.