More Than Just ‘Rule-Keeping’

posted Jun 16, 2013, 2:36 PM by web feat
We all needs rules - there's no denying that. They give our lives order, helping us to know what is expected of us. To a certain extent, rules can offer protection and help keep us safe, even as they require a certain amount of trust that others will follow them, too. We drive through an intersection when the light turns green, trusting that others will stop when the light turns red. 

But even as rules can be helpful, they can be abused, and their purpose misunderstood. They can be used to make some feel better than should about themselves, and others feel that they don't "measure up." And that's never been their purpose.

As Paul writes in Galations 2, 

"I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work. So I quit being a “law man” so that I could be God’s man...My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God...If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then Christ died unnecessarily.

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