Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin. Romans 3:20
People have a love/hate relationship with the law. They like the law because it gives boundaries and tells them what they can and cannot do. Yet, they hate the law for the very same reason that it tells them what they can and cannot do. People want to have complete freedom to do whatever they want to do.
Some people are the strict rule followers. They will strive to never break the law in any way. They pride themselves in being a rule follower. They are also very quick to point out to someone else when that person has broken a law. The list of laws seems to go on forever.
Others will pride themselves in being a rule breaker. They feel as though the law is not for them or that they are above the law.
These types of actions will also be found in the church. Some churches will have a long list of laws to follow in order to be a ‘good’ Christian believer. They like to show where people are at fault in breaking God’s law. Some will strive to live under the Old Testament law, claiming to be a good Christian by doing what God has said to do.
Yet, the law was not there for the purpose of action. Without a law there cannot be any breaking of the law. Without the law, there cannot be any sin. It was put in place to help a person become conscious of sin in his life.
Following the law will not make a person righteous before God. Once a person sins, there is only one thing left, and that is death. The law cannot take away sin. This puts a need in the person’s life for God to step in and provide salvation through Jesus Christ.
You may be one who prides yourself in following God’s laws. You may do it a little or a lot, however, it is not about the law. Everything is about the grace of God found in Jesus Christ.
As you look at the law, realize how sinful you really are. Notice how much you deserve punishment. Then turn to Jesus and find His grace and mercy to forgive you of your sins.
I pray today that God will reveal the sin in your life; that you will turn to Jesus for forgiveness; that you will know the purpose of God’s law in your life; and that you will know the salvation Jesus provides.