Daily Devotion on Mark 2:23-28

Text: Mark 2:23-28

There was a time in the not too distant past when it was considered shameful to dance . . .  it was sinful to play card game . . . it was wrong to drink even a sip of alcohol apart from the Lord’s Supper. While those rules are far from the norm for this current generation leaders, parents always have and always will create rules to legislating morality. In Jesus’ day there were hundreds of laws that the religious leaders had set up to keep people a healthy distance from real trouble. Very specific laws had been written to guard the Sabbath day, a day that God designated as a day of rest and worship.

The problem with legislating morality is that living by the rules will only get you so far. Living by a certain set of rules will never fix your relationship with God, it will never get you to heaven because to be right with God you need to follow all of God’s rules perfectly and in that you have already failed.

It’s not that rules and laws are bad things in and of themselves. God has made very clear how humans are to live we should not abandon his rules for our lives. Keeping that in mind, however, we are not and cannot be slaves to the law because if you want to be saved by the law heaven will never be yours. We are slaves to Christ Jesus who came and fulfilled God’s law for us. Jesus changes the way we look at rules. Rules are not something that we follow and make up because we hope they will get us somewhere. We strive to follow God’s rules out of love for a God who loved us. We were not made to follow rules, God’s rules exist so that we have know the correct way to live our lives in a thankful offering back to God. God’s rules are not made to be broken, but neither are they made to be worshiped.

God give us the strength to see his laws not as a feather to put in our cap but as a way to show love to the One who loved us enough to die for us.

Prayer: Heavenly Father we thank you for giving us your law to show us our sinfulness, and our need for a Savior. Most of all we thank you for sending your Son to fulfill the requirements of the law on our behalf. Help us to see and treat your rules with the proper respect, neither making them into a requirement for salvation nor ignoring the importance of following them. Send the Holy Spirit into our hearts to give us wisdom and zeal to live according to your laws. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

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About vicarhoff

I am thrilled and honored to be serving as vicar/intern at Christ the King Lutheran Church and School for a whole year!

Posted on June 13, 2012, in Church, Daily Devotions, Preschool and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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