Date: Thursday, January 16
Scripture: Romans 3:27-31
Verse: For we hold that a person is justified by faith apart from works prescribed by the law… Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law. (Romans 3:28, 31)
There are several websites that list goofy laws on the books (here is an example of some purportedly in Colorado). Most of the laws listed are antiquated, unenforced, which not one has taken the time to repeal yet. Whenever I see these, my first inclination is to wonder about what precipitated that law. For example, what did someone do to cause legislators to vote on a law banning the mutilation of rocks in state parks; and what happened in Alamosa to prompt someone from bringing up a piece of legislation to specifically make it illegal to throw missiles at cars. Some laws, it seems, shouldn’t even be needed.
Our role as Christians, is not simply to meet a set of arbitrary, antiquated, goofy laws to be justified before God. Rather, our goal is to become disciples of Jesus Christ, followers of the way of life he taught. This means we are to be the people God created us to be and to live as citizens of the Kingdom of God, even while we are citizens of the kingdoms of this world. So while our justification is a free gift, we have a responsibility to live lives worthy of our calling as the children of God.
Some laws, like not throwing missiles at cars, are pretty easy to obey. Others, like those things we know are wrong but are tempted to do anyway, are difficult. But we can be the people God created us to be, when we are willing to allow Christ to live in and through us.
Prayer: Teach me Lord Jesus, how to live so that there is more of you and less of me. Amen.
Action: Take a look at the video below “Can We Really Be Holy?: Seven Minute Seminary” (or click here). Consider what it means to live completely for God.
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