Friday, June 01, 2007

The path

Was watching The Matrix again. There are so many things in that movie that I like. This phrase caught me this time:

"There is a difference between knowing the path and walking it."

There are many of us who know the right things and even try to do them. All well and good. But is following the rules the path? Or is loving our neighbor the path and the commands and exhortations in the scriptures are guidelines that help us understand how to do it better.

"So as you have received Christ Jesus, walk in Him."

How did you receive Him?

Did you receive Him by following the rules?
Then you should try to make others do that.
(Not the best way, mind you)

Did you receive Him by trust in His grace and mercy alone?
If not, don't you think you should?
After all, how was Abraham made right with God, by works?

I'm so glad that God loves us where we are at.
And by His love, encourages us to live like Christ.
We never seem to have it down, but I've seen no better way to live.

Walk the path.
Don't just look at it and say,
"Ooh, nice path. Everyone should do this."
Walk it.
You will be blessed by Him.
He gave His Word on it.


Billiam said...

Well said. Also, when you stumble, reach out. He'll help you up and won't laugh at you.

MIke V said...

Rules? What rules? 1Cor. 6:12 and 1Cor. 10:23-24 tell us that all is permissible but not necessarily beneficial. Verse 24 goes on the say, "Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others."

Romans 6:8-14 and Eph. 4:22-24 each allude to the fact that when we are in Christ, we are a new creation and are to put off the old an put on the new. If you attempt to do as Jesus states in Matt. 22:37-40 you will fall right onto the path. You will begin to become a clearer reflection of the Lord Jesus.

What it really boils down to is, is your free gift of salvation, the one you can do nothing to earn, nothing more than a fire insurance/get out of hell free policy? One that you accept and then lay on the shelf or is it an invitation to live a great adventure? An adventure where we desire to, dare to, put off the old and put on the new?

There seems to be a real hang up with rules in many circles and quite frankly, I don't get it. It's not about rules, it's all about Jesus.

Pablo said...

Amen, guys!

Anonymous said...

As pablo said, Amen.

The Law (rules) leads only to condemnation - for we can't get it right. Love bypasses rules and grants mercy and grace.

Can't wait until we are all like Jesus!