“But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:3 NIV)
The New Living Translation says it this way: “But I fear that somehow your put and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted . . .”
The Message says it this way: “The thing that has me so upset is that I care about you so much – this is the passion of God burning inside me! I promised your hand in marriage to Christ, presented you as a pure virgin to her husband. And now I’m afraid that exactly as the Snake seduced Eve with his smooth patter, you are being lured away from the simple purity of your love for Christ.”
Wow… it’s so easy to drift into performance. IF I only can obey this Christian practice then Jesus will love me. IF I don’t do all the right things – then He’s mad at me and . . .
I’m guilty of measuring myself . . . Let’s see: I read my Bible five extra minutes each day this week so I’m a good girl and God loves me. So, if I don’t read my Bible at all this week that means I’m a bad girl? . . . and God doesn’t want to talk to me now? But my righteousness is as dead as a stone in the picture above.
“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:32-5:16)
This is the best witness. This is what we need today. The boldness and wisdom that comes through being with Jesus. Religiosity is subtle, sneaky, deception trying to slither its way into our holy intimacy with the Lord.
Don’t struggle . . . run to Me.
Don’t try . . . run to Me.
LET ME BE the solution to every problem that you face.
I measured up . . . so you don’t have to.
It is by MY righteousness, not yours, that the way is open to you. Run! Quickly! Run to Me.
I love you friends, but BEST OF ALL, Jesus does.
If you’d like to hear a wonderful message, listen to this young man : Jefferson Bethke