Clean up Your Act

21 Feb

God’s Word:  Matthew 5:19-20 Jesus said, “Trivialize even the smallest item in God’s Law and you will have trivialized yourself.  But take it seriously, show the way for others, and you will find honor in the kingdom.  Unless you do far better than the Pharisees in the matters of right living, you won’t know the first thing about entering the kingdom.”

Jesus’ Message to Me: (My interpretation of what Jesus is saying to me through these verses)

The world is full of books that are full of many good ideas of how to better yourself.  You read them and pick and choose those ideas that you feel will work for you.  But when it comes to the Bible—you are not free to pick and choose which things you wish to obey.  It’s an all or nothing kind of book.

The Old Testament tells the story of creation and how God shared his Laws for living with the people.  The Pharisees were a group of men who proclaimed themselves the interpreter of these laws.  They trivialized some things that they didn’t wish to do and claimed they were the perfect example of following God.  I came to earth to clean up their act.

In the New Testament I came to earth as a baby, grew and taught a new way into a right relationship with God.  Mankind can never be righteous by following the Laws of the Old Testament because he simply can’t do it.  By my death I completed the Old Law and set into motion the New Law of Liberty.  By faith in Me a person can be made right with God, not by following “some” of the Old Laws of God. By accepting Me you are giving me permission to “clean up your act” and put you right with God.   Reject Me and you remain under the strict Old Laws.  Follow Me and show others the way and you will be ushered into My eternal kingdom.

Jesus’ Question for Me: Will you choose to accept My forgiveness, let me clean up your act and welcome you into God’s forever Kingdom?

Jesus’ Promise to Me:  Repent and be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins and I will give you the gift of eternal life.

My Song to Jesus:    Jesus I Come to Thee   by William T Sleeper 1887

Out of my bondage, sorrow, and night,
Jesus, I come, Jesus, I come;
Into Thy freedom, gladness, and light,
Jesus, I come to Thee;
Out of my sickness, into Thy health,
Out of my want and into Thy wealth,
Out of my sin and into Thyself,
Jesus, I come to Thee.

Out of my shameful failure and loss,
Jesus, I come, Jesus, I come;
Into the glorious gain of Thy cross,
Jesus, I come to Thee.
Out of earth’s sorrows into Thy balm,
Out of life’s storms and into Thy calm,
Out of distress to jubilant psalm,
Jesus, I come to Thee.

Out of unrest and arrogant pride,
Jesus, I come, Jesus, I come;
Into Thy blessèd will to abide,
Jesus, I come to Thee.
Out of myself to dwell in Thy love,
Out of despair into raptures above,
Upward for aye on wings like a dove,
Jesus, I come to Thee.

Out of the fear and dread of the tomb,
Jesus, I come, Jesus, I come;
Into the joy and light of Thy throne,
Jesus, I come to Thee.
Out of the depths of ruin untold,
Into the peace of Thy sheltering fold,
Ever Thy glorious face to behold,
Jesus, I come to Thee.

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