Exodus 7:25-8:19; 2 Corinthians 3:7-18; Mark 10:17-31
The law is never content. Just when you think you have been good enough, it demands one more thing of you. If you think you have kept the commandments for a long time, and begin to feel quite good about yourself and your religious condition, it is because you have been looking to yourself instead of to God. “No one is good but God alone,” so you should realize that you can never be good enough.
The letter of the law kills, always showing you that depending on yourself is insufficient. You need something more than your good works. The law is only satisfied by Christ’s work.
So, look to him instead of to your fleshly deeds—or your sins. For, “if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.” (Rom 8:11) Remember your baptism! For, if you were baptized into Christ Jesus, you were baptized into the death he died for you, so that you may be raised to life by the same Spirit who raised him. (Rom 6:3-4)
Prayer: Lord, help me focus on your perfect, life-giving work instead of on my religious deeds and sins. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Mark Ryman,
Pastor of Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Asheboro, NC.