How in this world can our righteousness exceed that of the most religious?
Matthew 5: 20For 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.
Jesus calls us to a higher place than religion. It is not the place of pious righteousness born of obeisance to which He calls us. Did that make sense? It is not surface righteousness He wants. It is not doing great motions that He wants. He wants righteousness born of the spirit of the heart. He wants our desires for living like God. This goes beyond the righteousness of religion.
A story: Sharon was looking. So often she had seen religion in the lives of others. That did not appeal to her. She wanted something more. She wanted relationship and meaning in her life. How could she find it? This group that met on Tuesday nights seemed to have something more. Her coworker had convinced her to go the first time. There was something in them more than just their bible-book and talk. She wondered what it was.
ACT! Is there a hunger for right living in you? Is it bigger than just what you do, but how you think?
PRAY! Father, where is the place of peace I seek. In my life there are many mistakes. So many times, I’ve lost sight of the goodness You want for me. So many times, I have tried and failed to live up to Your ways and laws. But, I want to follow You. I want to live for You. I want to connect with Your love every day and every hour. Peace me, Father. Flow the presence of Your Holy Spirit into me in new ways. Break the old mold of my life and breathe something new in me. Make my love for You fresh and vibrant. Break me.