Matthew 5: 20 says: “For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.”
“What? How can I do this? How can I be more righteous than the Pharisees and teachers of the law? These people dedicated their lives living out the details of the law.” The answer to this question is understanding that Jesus is talking about the heart behind their actions. The scribes and Pharisees were disobeying the true intent of the Law. Their “so called” righteousness was about being seen by man. The sermon teaches that it’s not about being seen. It’s our thoughts and heart that matters. It’s the who we are that matters…not what we do.
Jesus came to fulfill the law, not get rid of it. As we read the Bible, the Law reveals the sin in our lives…and our inability to live perfect. This is a fact. And this fact sends us looking for answers…and ultimately to Christ every time. The whole of Scripture points to Him. We know that trying to live perfect will never work for us, make us righteous, or forgive our sins. But Jesus does. As we yield ourselves to Christ, we take on a new nature with desires towards Him. It becomes a part of who we are.
We don’t have to follow Laws for our salvation…He fulfilled that need for all who believe.
Last week a group of eleven went to Salt Marsh, Jamaica to work with First Grade students in reading, math, art. The children were an amazing blessing to the group! They also helped put a cement wall base below wire fence and build a chicken coop for Jacobs Well Church and attended their amazing Church service.
The amazing thing was that God was there each and every minute of this experience and changed the lives of the eleven people that served!
Thank you Jamaica!
Are you living or being lived? Going within is an often missed key to successful living. Without knowing what really matters to us, without the clarity that comes from self-knowledge, without the peace of knowing our actions are in harmony with who we are deep down, we often find ourselves flitting from action to action. Our focus centers on the “doing” of our lives and not the “being” of our lives.
What special gifts and abilities do you have to share?
God loves when our hearts are willing to trust Him. And he loves to entrust us with more when were good stewards of the special abilities He’s given us.
“If the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.”
2 Corinthians 8:12
My young boys are into superheroes of all types these days: Spider Man, Bat Man, Super Man, even the Wild Kratts. I remember as a boy wanting super powers to save the world. I also remember the painful realization of learning I couldn’t fly after belly-flopping off of my bed onto the floor.
Now as an adult, I still want superpowers. I may not have the desire as much for the ability to fly, but a lot of days the ability to survive the day. On a good day I may desire something loftier like the ability or willpower to live the Christian life, such as to love my neighbor like myself. I’m learning through the realities of life that to really do something selfless like serving others actually does require something supernatural. God in His Word tells us that he is willing to give us supernatural gifts from the Holy Spirit. These supernatural gifts have been called the Fruits of the Spirit. These gifts allow us to do more than just survive the day, but to live an abundant life.
Galatians 5: 22-23
NIV: 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
The Message: 22-23 But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.
Andover Pizza Ranch
A great night last night as the Constance Free Church high school missions team kicked off our very first Community Impact Fundraising Event!
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
Power of your smiles….they’re beautiful and freely given to everyone around you.
Smiles create an infinite impact on people and life in general. A smile given to the right person at the right time could influence what that person does next and the choices they make.