What I read today;
Genesis 34; 1 Samuel 6-7; Psalm 28; Isaiah 28; Luke 11; 1 Corinthians 12
I work in the water and wastewater industry. In the past 40 years, the industry has become heavily regulated. Numerous acts of Congress have created volumes of rules and regulations. More and more are passed each year. All rules designed to “keep the public safe” and to show that we’re doing our job. Sadly, if you asked most managers in the field, they would be unable to tell you all of the individual laws that are on the books. In fact, you can produce water that meets every health requirement and still be penalized for missing a period on a piece of paper. Inspections by regulators have now become about following rules that no one truly understands. There are simply too many rules to follow. In the end, it doesn’t matter if you put out a product that is completely safe and environmentally friendly. It becomes about, are you following all the rules.
In Isaiah’s time, the church had become about rules. During Jesus time it had become worse. Even today we struggle with legalism in the church. It’s become more about following this specific teaching, or acting a specific way, or tithing a certain amount or having some specific spiritual gift.
We seem to forget about grace.
We forget about telling sinners weighed down by guilt that there is a Savior who died to give them hope. Jesus who came to earth to pay our debt and provide a way for us to spend eternity with him. We talk more about the rules than we do about the savior who kept each one of those rules without one sin, for you and me.
It’s never about the rules. It’s about Jesus work on the cross. Let’s talk about that and let the Holy Spirit do the rest of the work!