For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
It’s not about looking Godly, it’s about being Godly.
Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. Matthew 23:27 (NIV)
A Little Understanding – Love Inwards
Loving upwards (God), loving outwards (non-Christ followers)… is something that can be more about appearance and less about truly loving with all we are. When it comes to fellow Christ followers we may not even extend the courtesy of appearing to be loving. (more…)
How often do we approach God pointing out what we have done or want to do as leverage to get Him to give us what we think we deserve?
The Bible gives us a little understanding of how God works (our minds cannot handle more than a little). It competes with our knowledge; our way of doing things based on our limited perspective, deductive reasoning and experience. My way or God’s way, my knowledge or God’s revelation of how He works is the choice we face every moment of every day.
Rituals and rules limit us to the things we believe we should or shouldn’t do but never encourage us to seek more and to be more in our relationship with God.