Monday July 15, 2013
There’s something appealing about the law.
It’s written out. It’s black and white.
It has boundaries; there’s no gray area.
It’s tangible, demonstrable. We see people following it and we can follow it ourselves.
We can set goals and discipline ourselves and strive toward checking off the boxes.
Then we can be proud of ourselves and others can, too. We can bask in their praise.
But is that a description of a changed heart?
As admirable and God-given as the law is, though, it can lead to a broken system of lists and checks and duties and obligations. One that is all of us and devoid of Him.
Nevertheless, I’m thankful for God’s law, for it leads me to Him.
I can’t do it on my own. Oh, I can for a while, but it eventually leads to a full calendar and the obligation to post and no breathing room and most of all, no time for the One who wants to spend time with me.
That precious time spent with Him ultimately leads to acts of love and law-keeping that grow simply out of my love for Him, my desire to share Him with those around me.
So I ask myself, once again, today:
What am I doing for others to see?
What am I doing for approval?
What am I doing just for Him?
And true circumcision is not merely obeying the letter of the law; rather, it is a change of heart produced by God’s Spirit. And a person with a changed heart seeks praise from God, not from people. (Romans 2:29)
I'm linking up with Laura and Michelle today.