Ezekiel addresses a very important topic in the second half of chapter 33. How we live matters very much to God. He talks about the truth that we “chose to sin” – that is exactly how sin happens – we choose it and do it on our own. Can’t blame the devil, our parents, our spouse, our kids – sin happens when I choose to do it my way and not God’s way. Ezekiel goes on to say “if they trust in their good deeds and turn to evil, that good life won’t amount to a hill of beans”. The reality is that living a good life most of the time isn’t going to cut it at judgment day. Eternity happens and we will have to account for how we live. Not one of us will make it into heaven based on our good deeds because we are not perfect and holy. So that is why Jesus was given to us – that is why Jesus died on the cross to make up for our shortfall in living life God’s way. God expects and demands holiness, righteousness and perfection. We all fall short – scripture tells us that. So Jesus gave His life on the cross at Calvary to close that gap between my life and God’s requirement. That doesn’t mean that how we live no longer matters – it does big time. Ezekiel gives us three key words that we need to follow as we work to walk with God as a fallen person: “repent…start living a righteous life….generous….restoring….cultivating”. We need to turn around and go the other way from every sin and build godly disciplines that allow us to walk as a Christ follower and build into others. That is God’s desire for your life and mine. Life matters – and how we live it is so important for each of us individually but also for those we touch. Are you walking with God today? Are you trusting in self, or the One who can save you. Jesus saves!
Archive for May 2nd, 2008