I am very good at following rules. I’m a rule follower by nature. Tell me what to do, and I’ll do it. I was that student that needed to know exactly what topic to write my essay on and exactly how many pages it should be. I obeyed my parents. I never cut classes. I follow traffic laws.
As I think about Numbers 1 and 2, I imagine that I would have been a pretty good Israelite. Doing exactly as the Lord commanded. Camping with exactly whom I should and exactly where I should.
Fast forward a few hundred years to Mark 3. These same people and the same rule followers are trying to accuse Jesus of healing on the Sabbath. They want to follow the rules so much that they are willing to trap the very One sent to free them of the rules?
But Jesus saw their hearts, and today He sees my heart. He knows that we’ll never be able to fulfill all the laws and all the rules. No matter how much we try, we will never achieve perfection on our own. The good news is: that is why He came to this earth, so that, in Him, we become enough. We are covered by the blood of the Lamb, and God sees us as His children. Not because we get better at following rules, but because we have the Spirit of Jesus Christ living inside of us.