We Are Not Set Right with God by Rule-Keeping

May 31, 2018

After breakfast today I read email and pinned a few things on Pinterest. I put the lamp I bought at “Stuff Consignment” last weekend by my bed. The lamp there had a broken shade. I got out an extra shade from storage and moved it to David’s office. I took the extra lamp from his office to mine.

After putting away some clutter, I read Facebook and then the chapters for today.

Acts 14:15, “…We are men just like you, and we’re here to bring you the Message, to persuade you to abandon these silly god-superstitions and embrace God Himself, the living God….” The Message

I recorded some verses but had no idea what God was trying to show me. Was it because I broke my “Bible before breakfast” rule?

I cleaned the fruit and vegetable drawers in the refrigerator. When I took them out, I noticed a dried pool of red stuff. Koolade? Maybe I don’t want to know.

Acts 14:22, “Putting muscle and sinew in the lives of the disciples, urging them to stick with what they had begun to believe and not quit, making it clear to them that it wouldn’t be easy: ‘Anyone signing up for the kingdom of God has to go through plenty of hard times.’ ” The Message

After lunch, I still had nothing. I kept asking God to show me what to say. I updated my food inventory, made a grocery list, and menus.

I noticed we would be practicing songs for the next three weeks tonight. As I pulled out the music, I thought of Kyle, the new bass player. He probably doesn’t have all of these.

I made copies for Kyle and three-hole punched them. I needed to start supper and still hadn’t written my post!

I needed to eat before I finished cooking. (Everyone else eats after practice. I don’t sleep well if I eat that late.)

I got out the potatoes – three had rotted. I cut the rest up. While they were cooking, I ate leftover potato salad and cottage cheese with my meat.

When Derek got home from work, I showed him the pile of music for Kyle. He said, “Oh, he won’t be at practice.” I couldn’t believe it!

“Don’t worry, Mom, you can give them to him on Sunday.”

“You don’t understand! I didn’t have time to make them. I could have had parsley potatoes and mixed vegetables with my dinner!”

Galatians 2:16-17, “We know very well that we are not set right with God by rule-keeping only through personal faith in Jesus Christ. How do we know? We tried it – and we had the best system of rules the world has ever seen! Convinced that no human being can please God by self-improvement, we believed in Jesus as the Messiah so that we might be set right before God by trusting in the Messiah, not by trying to be good. (17) Have some of you noticed that we are not yet perfect? (No great surprise, right!).” The Message

I went to my office and talked to God. “I tried so hard to do the right thing. I talked to you all day and still didn’t get a post written. I don’t even have an idea what to write.”

“Yes, but you talked to Me all day. That was the point!”

Galatians 2:21, “…If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping then Christ died unnecessarily.” The Message

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