Wonderful post today from Ann Voskamp over on Catalyst Conference, How not to Miss Your Real Life Calling. One of the most surprising things, I have found, is God’s desire for mercy rather than rules.
Later, as Jesus was in the house sitting at the dinner-table, a good many tax-collectors and other disreputable people came on the scene and joined him and his disciples. The Pharisees noticed this and said to the disciples, “Why does your master have his meals with tax-collectors and sinners?” But Jesus heard this and replied, “It is not the fit and flourishing who need the doctor, but those who are ill! Suppose you go away and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice’…”
Matthew 9:10-13 (JB Phillips)
When I think about this I recall the number of times Jesus ‘broke the rules’ and got up the noses of the Pharisees, etc. A life with Christ doesn’t follow society’s conventions – instead we learn to share Jesus’ radical, groundbreaking, earth shattering, curtain-tearing love.
…Jesus uttered a loud cry, and breathed out His life.
And the curtain [of the Holy of Holies] of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.
Mark 15:37,38 (Amplified)
Doing God’s will makes you neither special nor worthless. Grace is not given because of your endeavours, or lack thereof. Grace is freely bestowed. This is why we love.