Living Our Stories

Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. ~Matthew 23:24

When we study the Bible, what do we find?  We find stories, heroic stories of both men and women. In the Old Testament we find people,, flawed people,  like Abraham, Sarah, David, Rahab, and Ruth who show us what it looks like to live in accordance with God’s will.

And then Jesus comes along. Does he give us a more detailed Ten Commandments? No, he, too, gives us stories–story after story showing us how he expects us to live.

The Bible shows us, again and again, that humans are flawed, incapable of keeping law perfectly, no matter how diligently we try. And what of those who did try, to the exclusion of all else? Jesus said Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. (Matthew 23:22-24, KJV)

Notice that we do not “leave the other undone.” Yet, our focus should be “judgment, mercy, and faith,” using the heroic people of the Bible as our examples.

As Douglas Horton said: “Be your own hero, it’s cheaper than a movie ticket.” 

Living for Jesus, a life that is true,
Striving to please Him in all that I do;
Yielding allegiance, glad-hearted and free,
This is the pathway of blessing for me.

~Living for Jesus by Thomas O. Chisholm, 1917

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