User friendly?

My friend, may I ask you a question? If Christ shows us the way to the Father without our having to fear the law, is the Law before us or over us? Does it become bearable when and user friendly when Jesus Christ is bearing the load and we are walking behind him?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner

We live in a society obsessed with making things equal for everyone, a place where fairness is rule one all the time. Not that when I was young and growing up there was no sense of fairness; there was indeed. For example, when we picked sides for a baseball team it was customary to allow one pick at a time. Fairness dictated that first one side picked and then the other. Chaos would have reigned otherwise with team leaders trying to pick their entire team completely on their own terms. Or, for example, when we walked down to the Five & Dime to buy bubblegum or a pack of baseball cards. We didn’t all rush up to the counter at Jackson’s and yell out our selections at the same time. It seemed fair to give the young kids with us first choice and then we older ones followed. When I think back on it now we practiced fairness in many ways. That’s the key word, though–practiced. Today there is a different kind of fairness that dominates events and living. Chances at the candy counter of life are most often legislated and picking one of anything over another is considered poor etiquette. Everyone is equal, so choosing creates inequity.

Society’s rules are more and more taking the place of what we once did from an honorable standpoint of an understanding of what was fair, not the fear of what socially was deemed to be the standard of fairness or else. The funny thing about fairness is this, though: the more we legislate it, the more we abuse it. Living up to standards of fairness that are formidable often gives us occasion and pause to skirt the rule as opposed to keeping it. Human beings are like that. As we chafe, we look for a way to escape what chafes us.

You and I are called to abide with care, nonetheless, the Law of God. His commandments are immutable, unwavering and never changing. God doesn’t give us a break with the Law. He demands we obey it because without perfection we can never hope to abide with his perfectness eternally. Like oil and water, the mixing is impossible. The Apostle James wrote. “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.” On the surface, this is a depressing inside, isn’t it? What’s the point of trying if just one mistake marks you as a failure? God had no choice, however. He can’t dwell with us unless we are perfect like him. Perfection and imperfection repel, not attract. So, what does God do? He adopts the practice of fairness by putting forward a plan of fairness that is dictated not by following the rules, but giving us rules to follow. The rule is believe in Jesus Christ and his perfection will become your perfection. Follow the rules with a believing heart that the rules may be followed when we walk with the only man who can fulfill them: Christ. Carrying the load of the rules on his shoulders, Christ shows us the way to the Father without our having to fear the law. It is before us but not over us. It’s like sandlot baseball and Jackson’s counter; the rules become bearable when the rules are user friendly?

We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us a Savior who can bear the weight of the Law for us so that we can dwell in you and you in us. Without Christ the Law is a heavy burden we can’t carry; with him it is no longer a burden but a promise of forgiveness in Jesus Christ. Forgive us Lord when we forget that you gave us the Law out of love. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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God bless you for Jesus sake.

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