What I read today;
Revelation 10-11; Acts 15-16; Zechariah 5-6; Proverbs 25; Song of Songs 3; Deuteronomy 28
When we get to Acts 15, it only seems like Jesus has been gone from the earth for 15 minutes. I know it’s been years, but most of the original disciples are still alive and active in ministry even after a short time of persecution by King Herod. Yet in the middle of this, a group of people begins to sneak in. This group of people starts putting demands on the new Gentile Christians. To be a “true” Christian, you must obey the law of Moses.
Human beings like lists of rules. It’s how we order our lives. We also don’t like relying on someone else to help us. That’s especially true in the United States the land of the cowboy and the rugged individualist. We don’t want to rely on anyone. So we make up lists of rules. To be a Christian, you must look like this or that or behave like this or that. This problem has been around since the Jewish people began to convert. They brought with them their traditions and the old testament which spelled out their worship practices and the tradition of the elders, which spelled out additional celebrations. In and of themselves, not a problem. However, when it became a work to be done to ensure salvation, that was when the problem began.
The disciples rejected this outright.
The problems usually isn’t a church anymore, it’s our minds and consciences pointing out every mistake we make that becomes the problem. In our hearts, we understand what is right and what is wrong. The problem is we often fail to do the right over the wrong. Satan then rushes into our thoughts, whispering in our ear that we failed. So we build a rule book to prove Satan wrong. But with each subsequent failure, we have to add more rules to prevent the previous sin. Many will eventually flee from the church because they can’t take the guilt and shame inside their own mind.
In those moments, when you feel the weight of your guilt turn back to the scriptures. Read what Jesus said to Mary after the death of Lazarus and take comfort in knowing that our God keeps his word. We can rely on Jesus blood and righteousness to save us. He did the work that we failed to do out of love for us. It’s that same Jesus who said in John 11 verse 25;
“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
Well, do you?