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Tearing Down that Old Barn…

31 May

barnBefore you go any further, you need to read Galatians 2 (Click the Link) I have really enjoyed by time reading through all Paul’s letters to the various churches.  I have been blessed by the depth he brings to life and encouraged by the revelations of his humanity.

Galatians 2 is such and important passage of scripture for understanding the foundations of Christian life.  Paul talks about his life before Jesus as a “law man”.  He pursued doing good as the path to righteousness and the path to God.  Yet even as one of the most law abiding Pharisees, Paul realized that relying on his own goodness would never lead him to God!  Yet 2,000+ years later, so many of us Christians still don’t get this.  I include myself in this.  Maybe I am the only one…  I still catch myself thinking things like, if I just do this right or please God in this way then he will pour out favor on me.  How ridiculous is that?  Deep down we all know how “good” we are.  And because you know how “good” you are and I know how “good” I am it should be obvious to us how much we need Jesus.  Listen to what Paul says…

 Have some of you noticed that we are not yet perfect? (No great surprise, right?) And are you ready to make the accusation that since people like me, who go through Christ in order to get things right with God, aren’t perfectly virtuous, Christ must therefore be an accessory to sin? The accusation is frivolous. If I was “trying to be good,” I would be rebuilding the same old barn that I tore down. I would be acting as a charlatan.

Let’s stop re-building that old barn dilapidated barn and start building on the rock!

be blessed…
-pastorj

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Posted by on May 31, 2007 in Devotional Thoughts

 

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