During Lent I gave up chips and dip. Now that might not seem like much of a sacrifice, but this is my go to snack of choice. The first weekend of Lent, I was at a party and much to my dismay, the hostess made Rotel dip and chips. I felt deprived! I kept my vow and munched on carrots instead from the veggie tray. Many times during Lent I was presented with a choice of my vow to abstain or eat chips. Each time I felt deprived of what I wanted. Then Easter comes. I didn’t crave the chips and dip as I had in the past. I actually lost some weight and was trying to make some healthy choices.
This week in my bible study I was reading Romans 9:30 about the Hebrews difficulties with being caught up in the Law of Moses and the Christ that rose from the grave to give new meaning to God’s guidelines for living. When I live under the law I feel deprived. A list of things I can’t do or should do. When I live under the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ I live in love. Love changes the can’t do’s and should do’s to I want to change or act because I’m thinking deeper about the relationship of my choices. I’m living by faith and not the law.
"What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, attained righteousness, even the
righteousness which is by faith; but Israel, pursuing a law of righteousness, did not arrive at that law. Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as though it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone, just as it is written, “BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE, AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.”
Jesus, Let me seek the freedom in you that faith bring by understanding your love. Let me live in you and influence others by your perfect ways. Amen