This is the third edition of this post. I start writing and realize that I am whining and complaining and not really coming to any real point. So I do like the backspace key! Once again I feel like the Lord is speaking to me and I am trying to listen and missing His point. So some questions going around in my head and heart are:
Where does His grace end and we are actually expected to truly live a biblical life?
Is it enough to be spirit filled and just keep trying?
From Matthew 5 we read
The Fulfillment of the Law
17“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.
So how come we keep hearing that God’s grace covers everything? I know there is NO way I can always do the right thing. I sin more times a day than I am capable of of acknowledging! But shouldn’t we be trying? Rather than saying that this or that Law is no longer valid because Jesus came to earth.
I have been wrestling with some of these issues for several years. I understand that even most Christians think that things like head coverings and dietary laws are all for a different time and a different place. But I am truly beginning to wonder. What does a God follower look like? Are we truly acceptable to Him in all our different versions of Christianity? I would like to believe we are, that He truly takes us where we are all at and desires that we learn more about Him and grow more like Him as time goes on. But I also have to wonder if we don’t settle for far less than He wants us to be.