Thursday, September 15, 2011

Learning to break the rules

I run my fingers over the keyboard seeking inspiration. It wanes. Some days the words seem stuck and I trip over my own need to connect with God the way I desperately want others to connect with Him. 
God's been showing me that when I can't plug in to Him like I want, it's usually because I've put some kind of rule on myself. Rules that He hasn't even put on me. These rules are impenetrable walls of concrete. They erect themselves between me and grace. They are a impassable chasms that keep His mercy from entering in. They keep us under the law when we are under grace.  
Is anyone else like this? The pharisees were this way. The Son of God walked among them and yet they missed Him because of their rules. Their rules would lead them down a path of death. Too smart to live. Too foolish to recognize. Too bound by their rules to receive salvation. Could it be possible that the God of the universe is teaching me to break the rules?  
Jesus was a rule-breaker. He dined with tax collectors, healed people on the Sabbath, talked with prostitutes, and broke societal norms. 
And they killed Him for it.  
I'm learning to break the rules a little more each day. And by the grace of God, this kind of rule-breaking is making me look more like Christ. 

Will you break the rules with me today?  


Angela Mackey said...

Breaking those man-made rules can be difficult, but freeing...Learning to break them with you friend.

Melissa @ Half Dozen Mama said...

So very true! And sometimes it's hard to see just what rules we have made--they become blind spots. Thanks for this!

Wendy Mueller said...

We must be in the same classroom. I have been learning about rules and grace a lot lately. Let's break them down together and enjoy the peace that flows when the walls come down.

Teri said...

Love your discovery -- when you feel disconnected it's because of the "rules" YOU {I, WE} create!! WOW, I need to chew on that one...I really think you're right ON!!

You said --> They {the RULES, the LIES, the FALSE measuring stick} erect themselves between me and grace <-- I don't want ANYTHING coming between ME and my GRACE...nothing!!

Yes, I'm with you--lets BREAT the rules!! =) Love you girl....

Keeping it Personal,
Teri Johnson

melody said...

Love this post! Coming over from She glad to have found your blog. Look forward to more reading.

Jessica Kirkland said...

Thank you everyone for the sweet comments. Have you broken the rules this week? :)