Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law.
Thoughts for Today:A few days ago my wife Sherry was scolding Amanda for leaving her wet towel on her bed following her shower. Sherry said, "How many times do I have to tell you to hang up your towel in the bathroom after you've showered?" Amanda responded, "But Mom, I didn't leave my dirty clothes in the bathroom, and I put away my toothbrush and toothpaste. How about giving me some credit for the 'good' things I've done?" Sherry said, "Okay fine. Good job. But that doesn't give you an excuse to leave your towel on the bed!"
The same could be said for keeping the Law. How so? If we're trying to earn justification by keeping the Law (rather than by accepting God's gift of grace), then breaking the Law in one small detail means we're guilty of being a lawbreaker. No matter how many "good things" we've done. Just like Amanda. So it doesn't matter how many rules we've followed, without Jesus, judgment and punishment will come as the result of the one rule we've broken.
Questions to Ponder:Be honest, what Laws have you broken lately? What about the little lie you told, envying the new car of a neighbor, or the promotion of a co-worker? No matter how good we are we will never be able to completely adhere to every single rule and regulation of the Law. At some point in time, whether intentional or not, we're bound to break the Law. Thankfully God has given us Jesus. Have you been relying too heavily upon your own self-righteousness rather than on His sacrifice?