Jesus replied, "And you experts in the law, woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them.” (Luke 11:46 NIV)
God has no law for you to fulfill that He has not equipped you to be able to obey! Do you understand that? God has not asked you to do something you are not capable of doing. His laws for you are not hard to obey.
There is a group of people in the church today, just like there was during Jesus earthly ministry, who look down on someone if they don’t appear “as righteous” as they are. I am often asked why I don’t teach more against social drinking, for instance. I have been convicted, many people know, that this is not something God wants me to do. I believe it would be a sin for me to drink alcohol at this point in my life. I can’t say that is of primary importance for me to teach others, however. I would rather they get into a committed, growing relationship with Jesus Christ, before I start to advise them on their “social” behaviors. (Please don’t misunderstand, I can easily tell people the harms alcohol has caused in my own family, but there are often deeper issues in the spiritual life.)
I have heard people say, “I can’t live the Christian life”. My response would be, “You are right. You can’t.” At least not on your own. God never intended you to live the Christian life alone. That is why He sent the Helper, the promised Holy Spirit. He assists us in our time of need. When we are weak, He is strong.
God knows our weakness. He knows we are frail. And, praise God, He hasn’t called us to do anything that is too difficult. He has called us to get to know Him; to love Him with all our heart, and to love our neighbor, as we do ourselves. As we learn to do those two things, He will work on all the rest, as we simply abide in Him.
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