17 But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed,
18and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.
19I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification.
Here is what I want you to get from this scripture.
Go ahead and give Me some praise, because that thing you were believing in while you were a slave of sin did’nt work because of your commitment to it. It worked because I broke you away from the bondage of sin so that you COULD have a burning heart to be obedient to righteousness.
The greatest gift is what I did, your pity goodness is really sad without the divine severing I did between you and sin.
So I see you’ve been judging the world around you because of the commitment you have as a result of MY WORK. So what exactly does that mean? I mean, I’m not sure I get it.
In the Love of Me,
Matt 23:8-10 (TNIV)
8 “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one Master and you are all brothers. 9 And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. 10 Nor are you to be called ‘teacher,’ for you have one Teacher, the Messiah. 11 The greatest among you will be your servant.
After explaining to the disciples that the Pharisees teach really well but they don’t practice what they teach, Jesus cuts away the fat.
Jesus in an incredible cultural religious blow tells the disciples to not call anyone Father but God, not to call anyone teacher but Jesus, not to call anyone Rabbi for they are all brothers.
Jesus does here what most Pastors would be scared to do. He removes all the barriers between the people and God. When you take these words to heart and let them cut away at you you find yourself dangerously close to God.
The closeness of God is what this Christian religion has given me. I could really care less about most other aspects of it all. I just want to be close to Him. When religious trends lead towards hierarchy and forced submission Jesus says come to my side, feel my wounds, experience my pain.
I’ m not talking in the rebellious “I don’t submit to anyone” kinda way. I’m talking in the private friend of God kinda way that allows me to submit to everyone.
Lord God, let me into your heart, let me know your ways, I want to be one with you, calling no one Father but you, being taught by you, being in communion with you. Teach me what it means to be so close that words become unnecessary and pains become shared.