By Kyle Reber
Galatians 3: 24-25 says: “Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.”
Have we such little faith that we feel we need a tutor still? Or, better put, we want to do it on our own because of pride, so we use the law as our tutor instead of just living by faith in Jesus. One could conclude that we really don’t trust Him to lead. There’s a lot that could be said, but I feel we need to keep this short and sweet, because His yoke is easy and His burden is light.
We are trying to do work that Christ Jesus our Lord has already finished: gaining righteousness. With our faith in Jesus, we can proceed toward the Great Commission: making disciples of all nations. We are free to count Jesus as our righteousness for He died for sins despite us.
He lived the righteous life that we never could and was innocent until the day He took our sin and became the greatest sinner for our sake.
All our sins are now on the cross and He rose by the same Holy Spirit that resides in us; raising our souls from the grave. Do you believe that? (John 11:25-27)
When Jesus went through all that, I’m sure it brings a sting to His heart and tears to His eyes to see us struggling to be the righteousness that He promises to be for us and to guide us in: “The Lord is my Shepherd…He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me.” We have heard that Psalm many times, I’m sure, but still tend to not walk as though we believe it.
When we have thoughts flooding our minds about the world in which we live and fear comes to our hearts, we ought to rest in Christ. Sounds cliche, but we hear it and rarely do it; people keep buying guns and taking martial arts classes. When will we ‘lay down our weapons’ and guard our hearts against sin having Jesus Christ Himself lead us? He promises to be that for us, but our problem is that pride gets in the way of us relying on faith in Him. It takes trust and obedience, like the old hymn states: “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.”
When we are in Christ and the more we are seeking after Him, as opposed to putting our heart’s desire toward obeying the law, the less fear and condemnation we have in our lives. Christ died for us to give us life, yet so many do not have life that claim to follow Him.
We can trust Him to lead us.
We don’t even have to know the law if we know Him, for His Spirit will guide us. Do you believe that? Then we need to follow Him. Let Him lead. The church is His bride, let Him lead. The Bible should be read in the manner of knowing Him more, not gaining to knowledge thinking we are more righteous.