I am not talking about Common Core! I am talking about the equation below:
We are surrounded by rules. We see them posted, we tell them to our children. The ten commandments are those that Christians consider rules….we all try to abide by them. The Pharisees had them during Jesus’ day, and they are still abounding in the church today.
Minus RELATIONSHIP…we can follow every rule, do all the right things and still not have a relationship with Jesus Christ. Do we follow the rules because we Have to or we Get to?
Equals REBELLION…when we do not have that intimate relationship and try to follow the rules, we cannot keep them. We will fail. We even have a tendency to do what we are not to do. Paul said it. And think about it…the sign says “don’t touch the glass”, what do we do?
If we have a intimate, real relationship with the Savior we can live a surrendered life. We will want to do what is right. And when we stumble, we go on.
His rules were not written to cause us pain and grief. He knows the best for us…and the consequences to any mistakes we make. We don’t live an abundant life by following rules…we live an abundant life by surrendering our heart to Jesus Christ!
I have found a better equation:
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not be works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
See..I told you it wasn’t Common Core! It is far better…..
IN CHRIST ALONE
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