I am overwhelmed by what He expects of me

“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.


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