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A Christian's Checklist
A basic checklist for Christians of all denominations....
Can this be your "Christian Checklist"?
A pilot's checklist:
A pilot's checklist is a list of essential items to be followed before he takes off on the day's flight. Depending on the plane and the journey, the length of the checklist may vary, but some of the items are present in every such list. Pilots are trained to do their pre-flight checklist before every flight, and certain items are checked again to insure the safest possible landings.
A Christian's basic checklist:
While every Christian's life, circumstances, and even form of worship, can be different, being baptized commits a Christian to living in harmony with The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost.
Jesus said he taught the teachings his Heavenly Father had taught him, and he was often asked questions concerning those teachings. In that process of teaching and answering several basic teachings were clear. These teachings can make a basic checklist for any practicing and devoted Christian.
Jesus said that he had not come to destroy the law but to fulfill it, and he added:
"For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
"Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. " [Matthew 5:18-19]
Most believers of that time knew the Law of Moses. They were expected to follow a contemporary "checklist" which would include these items of the law from Deuteronomy 5:7-21:
 Have no gods before God.
 Make no graven images of things in heaven, in earth, or in the waters beneath the earth, and don't bow to any such images either.
 Don't take the name of the Lord in vain.
 Sanctify the sabbath day as God commanded.
 Honor your father and mother that you may have a good and long life in the land you are given.
 Do not kill.
 Do not commit adultery.
 Do not steal.
 Do not lie
 Do not covet another's.
As these laws were given to Moses from the Lord, it is interesting to note that eight are admonitions, things we are not to do. The other two (sanctifying the sabbath, and honoring one's parents are positives, the latter with special promises.)
When asked what the greatest laws might be, Jesus taught there are two which encompass all the laws and the prophets, so these are added to this basic checklist for Christians:
 Love God with all your might, mind. and strength. [Mark 12:30]
 Love. your neighbor as you would love yourself. [Mark 12:31]
 Love your enemies. [Matthew 5:44]
These are positive and the first to specifically mention love. We tend to think that honoring our parents means loving them, but the opposite of honor is dishonor, and that applies to how we ourselves conduct our lives, so as not to dishonor our parents. Certainly they fall within Jesus' answer to the question "Who is my neighbor?" So loving our parents (even our enemies) as the Good Samaritan loved even the wounded and forsaken stranger, is called for too.
Someone, and I cannot recall who, suggested that as we master ourselves and come to obey these 13 commandments, more will be given, each with a promise. One priest said that he was attempting to make a list of all the scriptural commandments, so that he might have each of the attendant blessings for his obedience to them.
If this list is helpful to anyone as a guide to daily Christian living, I will be pleased. I know that it is a helpful checklist for me and worth checking each day as I prepare to continue my own Christian journey.
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