Week 27 Day 2
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Matthew 5:20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.
If there is one scripture among many that could become a stumbling block for someone beginning to follow Jesus it is this. The Pharisees and teachers of the law, the scribes were the elite of their day. They ere the lawyers, the ones who had it all together, they were the ones who had the inside track. They were in control. And here comes this itinerant self-proclaimed rabbi telling me that if I ever want to get to heaven I need to be more righteous than these guys. I remember very early in my serious walk that upon reading this passage I threw my New Testament through the kitchen window and shouted, “That’s not possible!” I’d hit the wall. I would never be like the self -satisfied smug people I had met in the Church.
But wait a minute. Read on. It began to dawn on me that the whole point of the “Sermon on the Mount” was the very impossibility of what it demanded. If I was to believe everything that Jesus said, I had to accept the fact the I could not get there on my own. I needed help. But what help? It took a long time but the more I applied myself to the Scriptures the more answers I found. First help, life and ministry of Jesus himself. Second help, His love in becoming the sacrifice for my sin. Third help, the Church he is building, that is the real fellowship of believers. Fourth help, the Holy Spirit as the abiding presence of the Lord Jesus in the world to be with me forever.
Don’t run away when you hit the wall. Stop, reflect, avail yourself of all of the help that heaven offers to the one who truly seeks Him.