Jul 27, 2022
Since you started following Jesus, are you outside of the law now? Let's talk about that today.
Hey, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One podcast. I'm excited that you have joined us for this podcast. Today. I want to talk a little bit about Romans 3:19, "now we know that whatever the law says, it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be closed and that all the world may become accountable to God." That's from the New American Standard. As you know, if you listen to this podcast often, many times I'm talking to myself. In my early life as a Christian, and I've been a Christian for a long time now, but my early life was like everything up until yesterday.
In my early life as a Christian, I tried to tell God what to do. I spent several years telling Him what I thought He should do. I spent several other years asking Him to do what I wanted him to do, but this law, this whole phrase about the law, brings some new testimony. It's a new idea to us about God, and I want to challenge us with this today if you're like me.
It says, "we know that whatever the law says, it speaks to those who are under the law so that every mouth may be closed and all the world may become accountable to God." You see, God's in charge. This is God's world. He runs everything and we are all accountable to Him, and the law exists to show us that we're outside of God's rule, and God's order, and God's direction, that the world is all about Him, it's not about us. In fact, let's look at the next verse. It says "because the works of the law, no flesh will be justified in His sight. For through the law comes the knowledge of sin." So both these verses together are basically telling us the rules are there to help us understand that we're not in charge.
No one gets to God through the law. The law is simply there to show us that being right on our own is out of our reach. Why is that important to us in the workplace? If we're broken like everyone else, then we're in need of help. We're in need of a savior., Like everyone else. Just because we follow Jesus, doesn't make us any less in need of a savior, than the others with us, because we cannot attain to the law. We can't operate according to God's rules. We won't measure up. In Romans 3:23, which it's building to, it says that "all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God."
I think this is all to remind us that we're all in need of a savior. This is not about the law. It's not about telling other people how they should live. We try to live according to the law simply because we follow Jesus, but we will never measure up. I don't believe you can be sinless. I do believe that God makes us sinless and that we will eventually be sinless in another life, but not in our flesh. And as a result, I wanna challenge us as we go into our workplaces today.
Today, let's go into our workplaces humbly. I need practice and reminders about this more than anyone else. Let's go into our workplace with humility and let's help other people see that we can't measure up. We're just doing the best we can, and we all get in under the credit of Jesus Christ. It's by following Jesus that we get to live our eternal life with God. There's no other way. We won't be justified through the law. We're only justified because Jesus paid for our sins.
Thanks so much for being a Marketplace Minister. Let's go humbly to our workplaces today and be a blessing to other people because we follow Jesus. We have nothing to lose because of what he's done for us. Thanks for being a Marketplace Minister, and thanks for considering how you can be a blessing to others. Everything we do because we follow Jesus matters.
Thanks very much.