Here, keep these for me.

“All has been heard; the end of the matter is: Fear God [revere and worship Him, knowing that He is] and keep His commandments, for this is the whole of man [the full, original purpose of his creation, the object of God’s providence, the root of character, the foundation of all happiness, the adjustment to all inharmonious circumstances and conditions under the sun] and the whole [duty] for every man.” -Ecclesiastes 12:13 AMP

We almost always say “keep” God’s commandments, rather than “obey.”

Keep means to own, maintain, or protect something.

Could it be that God has asked us to keep his commandments for him? Has God entrusted us with them? How does that change how we relate to them? Are they a burden to obey, or are they a gift that we should accurately reproduce and share with the world?

Have you taken ownership of the commandments, or have the commandments taken ownership over you?

Please, take ownership. Don’t just obey the commandments. Keep them.

  • Kody

    Hi Stephen
    I enjoy reading your posts! Thanks for sharing the insights God has blessed you with! My parents told me about your blog after they had your parents over for Sabbath dinner a few weeks ago. My wife and I are missionaries in Bolivia South America.