Oswald Chambers for July 24, 2012
His Nature and Our Motives
. . . unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven —Matthew 5:20
The characteristic of a disciple is not that he does good things, but that he is good in his motives, having been made good by the supernatural grace of God. The only thing that exceeds right-doing is right-being. Jesus Christ came to place within anyone who would let Him a new heredity that would have a righteousness exceeding that of the scribes and Pharisees. Jesus is saying, “If you are My disciple, you must be right not only in your actions, but also in your motives, your aspirations, and in the deep recesses of the thoughts of your mind.” Your motives must be so pure that God Almighty can see nothing to rebuke. Who can stand in the eternal light of God and have nothing for Him to rebuke? Only the Son of God, and Jesus Christ claims that through His redemption He can place within anyone His own nature and make that person as pure and as simple as a child. The purity that God demands is impossible unless I can be remade within, and that is exactly what Jesus has undertaken to do through His redemption.
No one can make himself pure by obeying laws. Jesus Christ does not give us rules and regulations— He gives us His teachings which are truths that can only be interpreted by His nature which He places within us. The great wonder of Jesus Christ’s salvation is that He changes our heredity. He does not change human nature— He changes its source, and thereby its motives as well.
The only person in the history of the world that had pure motives is Jesus Christ. We all struggle with motives that are not righteous. We must trust in our advocate Jesus. He covers our sins with His sacrifice and substitution for our sin punishment. Jesus did not come here to show us how to live by only, but also came to tell us that we must trust Him for access to the Father. Jesus has what it takes to fulfill the Scriptures requirements of being our advocate.
I think about the events in the news this week: Shootings in Colorado, trial of Jerry Sandusky, the defaming of Penn State’s Football program, copycat criminals in other states trying to mimic what was done in Colorado, etc. I think about how depraved the soul of man is. Just how needy we are. It saddens me to think that these people all have never felt the love of Christ live in their hearts or have shunned their faith in Him. What also strikes me though is just how easy it is for us to be led astray. Those that have never accepted Christ may be just 1 step away from falling prey to satan and his evil works. Those of us who have accepted Christ could be one step away from falling from grace and getting wrapped up in an evil scheme of satan. The point I am making is that we must be aware of the attacks of satan. The only way to do that is by being in the WORD of God. That is truly the only way to remain faithful to Him who called us.
Read the Word daily, multiple times a day. Memorize it. Meditate on it. Believe it.