Wednesday Word 11.15.2017
Romans 7:4-6 New International Version
4 So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. 5 For when we were in the realm of the flesh, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death. 6 But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.
I cannot get the song we sang on Sunday morning out of my head. The one about how badly we need the Lord keeps running round and round in my head. We forget just how true it is. Life gets the better of us and we forget to take the time to remember who it is that has made it possible. We forget who has breathed life into our very being. We start to think that we are in charge and are capable of handling it all. We are not, yet we constantly ignore the reality. We think we know everything we need to know. We do not.
If we had lived in Old Testament days, the list of what we must do would have seemed endless and there would have to be someone to remind us of the do’s and do not’s, because we couldn’t read the handbook. I just cannot imagine what it would be like to run a household and try to make a living trying to follow all those rules. Browse through the Books of Moses, especially Leviticus and Deuteronomy. Many of these laws were meant to guide people to the best lives they could live in those harsh times. The laws were meant to establish our right relationship with God; to create obedient and reverent servanthood to the Almighty. People just couldn’t keep it together.
Do we keep it together? Do we observe Bible precepts 24/7/365? Do we make the absolute best choice in every situation or conversation? If you think so, you had better check on the sin of pride! We are just as weak as our ancestors who cast the golden calf. 21st century sin just looks different, but it is sin all the same. While we are not bound by the same laws regarding diet, personal grooming and so on, we are still subject to God’s will. We must still maintain a right relationship with God and live with the obedient and reverent attitude of a servant towards him. We have the Scriptures that we can read and study for ourselves. What we desperately needed, and God provided, was the Holy Spirit to guide us. What we needed most of all was the Living Christ to redeem us. Are you serving in the new way of the Spirit?…something to pray about.
Your sister in Christ, Vicki