“You are the light of the world.” Matthew 5:14.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: 1 Samuel 20-21, Psalm 34, and Matthew 5.
I will never be able to live up to His expectations.
That came clear to me as I was reading Matthew 5 and thinking about what He wants from me.
Standards that no one can consistently keep. A lifestyle that overlooks the humanness of each of us.
But all this may well be the point of Matthew 5: I cannot measure up.
Why important? Once I realize that I can’t measure up then I can move ahead to understanding my need for God’s help.
My own strength is limited. God’s strength is not.
Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
Note the “through him,” in the verse. I am a fool to think that I can “will” myself into doing everything perfectly.
Another conclusion is that I am certain to fail. I may try hard but I am going to mess things up frequently. No perfect score for me!
This moves me into the “What’s next?” zone. I must know how to restore a messed up relationship with God. Remember that sin is ultimately committed against God. It is His rules I am getting wrong. So I need to be quick to own up to Him that I have sinned. How comforting it is to know that my sins are forgiven thanks to Jesus’ death on the cross.
I love God and I want Him to know that I am sorry and that I will attempt, in His strength, to do better.
“Lord, Your Ways are beyond me. I cringe at my sinfulness. I need You every second to empower me to get my life right full-time with You. I love You and want to please You. Help me, Father. Prick my conscience when I sin so that I get quickly into repentance. I want to please You, Lord.”
The Pharisee in me says that I’m pretty God. Put the spotlight of Matthew 5 on your life and see what you think.
+10 Eating restraints must kick in.