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Throw Legalism Out the Window

There are some Christians who worship God because they are trying to work their way to heaven. Bible study and prayer become something obligatory to do in order to prove to God they deserve to be saved. “Doing good” becomes a check off list they can proudly show God. And even the time spent in worship is meaningless because they are building up feelings of self-righteousness, thinking that they are better than their fellow parishioners who don’t spend near as much time in the Word as they do! They think if they wear the right clothes, don’t wear jewelry, don’t watch TV or movies, don’t dance, don’t drink or do drugs - THEN . . . they will for sure get their personal ticket to eternity! But once our spiritual life becomes “legalistic,” we are lost - and we don’t even know it! In this misguided state, it becomes easy to view God as a harsh judge, just waiting to sentence us to eternal damnation. But God is not a gloating, legalistic God who cheers when we fall! Nor is He expecting us to be perfect! We are all sinners! Our God is a loving God who loves each one of His children equally! He is the good Shepherd who goes looking for His lost sheep! He is our Lord and Savior who desires not one should perish! We can’t “earn” our way to heaven - we can’t “buy” our way to heaven! There is only ONE way - and that is through the blood of Jesus Christ! Do the right thing - for the right reason! In other words, serve God because we love Him and throw legalism out the window! Text: Proverbs 26:12, Proverbs 16:18-19, Hosea 14:4, Isaiah 59:1