Open our Lives
Our lives are ordered by rules. Those rules that are spoken or silently assumed in our homes. The laws that keep order in society. When we think about opening our lives, it seems to make sense that there would be a list of rules that we would follow. But that’s not what we find. Instead we have moments in our lives where we are opened. Moments where we realize we aren’t perfect. Moments where we realize our need for God.
Paul, an Apostle who wrote quite a few books in the Bible, had one of those opening experiences in his life. A man who knew the law well, who persecuted others for not following the law, was opened to a new way. He writes in Galatians, "What actually took place is this: I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work. So I quit being a “law man” so that I could be God’s man.”
Here’s the deal: we have a God who opens our lives, who willingly saves us, not because we follow all the rules all the time. But because God loves us and always meets us with grace and forgiveness.