One thing I’ve realized in my Christian walk is that there is less practical experience and more talk. In essence, theory hardly meets practice in today’s Christianity and that is why we have so many preachers and pastors but less impact. By the grace of God, I have been opportune to experience some practical aspects of the word based on personal experience and one of them is the hard way of transgressors; not in the breaking of a law, but in the actual difficulty attached to the art and act of transgressing.
What Does It Mean to Transgress?
The word ‘transgress’ originated from Old French ‘transgresser’ or Latin ‘transgress’ gotten from the Latin word ‘transgredi’ which is a combination of the Latin word ‘trans’ meaning ‘across’ and ‘gradi’ meaning ‘go’, concluded to mean ‘step across’ or ‘go over’. From this origin and for the purpose of our study, we can say that to transgress simply means to deviate from a pre-established righteous plan or to deviate from the path of righteousness. It could also mean to simply disobey the voice or instruction of the Lord. So, a transgressor is simply someone who goes against God’s plan (not me o!) or strays away from the path of righteousness.
As Simple as ABC
We do not intend to waste words here, even though there is a lot to talk about and share. The fact is, if all we had to convey this message was one sentence, it will still be as simple as ABC. Many simple passages in the Bible outrightly stress on the simplicity of obedience and trust, and the express or implied consequences of disobeying or transgressing. In the marriage of Cana (John 2:1-11), we see the presence of a wine problem, but we also see the presence of Mary and Jesus with his disciples. To solve the problem, what did Mary simply tell the servants? “Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it” (John 2:5). They simply followed Jesus’ instructions and that was it, that is why it is as simple as ABC. If we can just simply follow the scriptures and apply them with the wisdom of God, we would see how simple life really is.
How Do You Want It? The Easy or the Hard Way?
In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus made a simple plea, he said:
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Do you see that this is no rule or law? Even when Jesus said in John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments” he wasn’t talking about laws, he was simply making reference to Matthew 11:28-30 above. Everything he said and did was centered on love, and all he is saying is “just follow me”. That scripture identifies that there are different kinds of yokes and burdens that people are carrying which are obviously heavy or extremely heavy in different cases. It also identifies the absence of rest. It is also very clear that most of these burdens are borne because of a lack of the presence of the life of Christ in their lives. In essence, we can in one way, conclude that a man’s burden will be heavy as long as it is not Jesus’ and that the man will not find rest as long as he continues to carry those yokes and burdens.
When Romans 12:18 advised us to leave peaceably with all men as much as possible, for whose good was it said? I live and work around terrible people, and I have seen the practical difference between the effects of waging war, taking full offence and having a workaround to avoid trouble. Trying to live peaceably as much as possible doesn’t entail being naive or being stupid just to please somebody, it’s about trying all spiritually and scripturally justifiable means to create a workaround, after which in the effect of none effect, you can now take drastic measures which should also be justifiable. Look at what Jeremiah 29:7 says,
“And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the LORD for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace”.
That’s why I said it’s quite simple and a matter of cause and effect.
Lust and Lack of Content
There are also many other scenarios, but one very common example is that of lust and lack of content. A lot of guys today are seriously broke and finished because of women and the want for societal acceptance. Paul, in Philippians 4:11-12 spoke of his ability to live in plenty and little and be content in whatever state he found himself. In Hebrews 13:5, he also says,
“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee”.
Then in 1 Timothy 6:8, he had this to say “And having food and raiment let us be therewith content”. Advising on lust, Paul said thus:
“Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”
Because of lack of content and lust, many people are losing even the little that they have and are living in poverty, whereas in reality, they aren’t poor (Matthew 13:12). We spend money on rubbish and nonsense, things that don’t matter, things that can’t even bring joy. The money that men would use to further their lives and live comfortably, they will spend it trying to please some girl, who mostly sees them as “fools” (Magas). God said in Isaiah 55:2
“Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness”.
When I saw this I was amazed and it all made sense. If only I had known and had the understanding, I never would have lacked anything or ever ran dry in the past. At the end of the day, these revelations have turned out to be common sense; you just think about them. That is why Proverbs 13:15 says,
“Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard”.
There’s so much to talk about and so many practical scenarios which would be shared at a later time, but for now, the little that has been shared is quite self explanatory. Proverbs 4:20-22 gives us the summary of the whole matter:
“My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh”.
Stop transgressing unnecessarily and foolishly, “don’t be silly” (My mother used to say). We have found from the scriptures and scenarios above that the way of transgressors is hard; not because you broke a law, but because it is actually common sense and simply a case of cause and effect.
“Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it” (John 2:5) because “the way of transgressors is hard” (Proverbs 13:15). Simple and short!
Cheers and God bless you infinitely!!!