Day 50: Rules (Numbers 1-2, Mark 3:1-21)

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.

In what parts of your life do you find yourself still trying to follow more rules in order to be loved by God?

How can we practice resting in the fact that God sees us as perfect rule followers because of our faith in Jesus?

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2 thoughts on “Day 50: Rules (Numbers 1-2, Mark 3:1-21)

  1. Sometimes I feel “unworthy” because I don’t follow society’s rules for what a Christian should be. I need to be reminded that Jesus died so I would be worthy.

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    1. Bethany, thanks for your honesty in revealing that. We’re not worthy by what we do…we become worthy because of Who we belong to. Jesus gave us His righteous when He died on the cross for us and that is what God sees. Not our righteous (because we have none) but His Son’s. As Christians, we live to please God and to live on earth as it is in Heaven. We are co-laborers with Him trying to help other broken people see that the only way to true healing and true love is through Christ. Don’t put the yoke of what this society says on yourself since it does not follow Jesus’s ways…it just wants to point the finger in accusation when we fail. But we are forgiven over and over again by a merciful God who showed His love by sending His One and only Son to die for us.

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