Have you ever been afraid to turn on the lights, just in case you might see something you don't want to see? Maybe its the mess of your kids room, or a gecko running along the ceiling or even a rat in the kitchen (sorry, I couldn't resist that one #UB40). The light reveals things that would otherwise be hidden, but in the end the light can't actually fix the problem. It shows us the mess, but it doesn't clean it up for us.
“The law is the light that
reveals how dirty the room is, not the broom that sweeps it clean.” - Dr. Phil Williams
"Therefore no one will be declared righteous in
his sight by observing the law, rather, through the law we become conscious of
sin.” - Romans 3:20
We need the law of God to show us the 'mess' our lives are in, but we need the grace of Jesus Christ to make us new. The law is powerless to actually change us - the change comes from the living God working in our hearts.
In a sense, when we understand the mercy and grace of Jesus, then we actually want him to sweep away the muck in our lives.
What are your thoughts?
Living in Grace