"Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfill them."
My stepson, Giovanni, is a great driver. Always cautious. Always careful.
Obeying the traffic laws to a "T".
So, when we have to go to the bank for a fund transfer between our accounts, I, naturally, let him drive.
Giovanni is so proud to finally have a car of his own since his dad recently purchases a new one and gives him the mint-condition Scion. And, it's a relief for me not to have to juggle appointments or errands based on his work schedule.
We hop in, fasten our seat belts, and we're ready to roll!
Giovanni backs up our steep driveway a bit to fast for my liking. But, nonetheless, pulls it off without a hitch.
Although he doesn't speed in our quiet neighborhood, he takes the first turn rather tight and hard. Hmm. this isn't the way he used to drive . . . when we were teaching him.
We cruise down a long hill at the bottom of which is a three-way stop.
Giovanni whips around the corner. Completely blows off the sign!
"You realize you just ran that stop sign, don't you?" I ask, stating the obvious.
"Yes, but there aren't any cops around."
"How do you know? They patrol this neighborhood all the time. What if one was just coming down the street and saw what you did?"
"I could see there weren't any."
"Giovanni, that's not the point," I tell him. I'm sure he notes the exasperation in my voice. "When you come to a stop sign, you do what it says whether anyone is around or not. You don't do the right thing because you'll get caught otherwise. You do the right thing because it is the right thing to do."
Jesus came not to abolish the law, but to fulfill it.
Turning "shalt not" into "you shall".
Writing the law on our hearts.
Assuring us that, in obeying Him, we will always choose to do the right thing.
Do you choose to do the right thing even when no one is looking?
Will you join me in prayer?
We give thanks today, Father, for the fulfillment of Your laws through Your Son, our Savior, Christ Jesus. We know that if He lives in us and we follow Him, we will be lead to do the right thing for its own sake. Help us to submit in perfect obedience to Him. Amen.
Psalms 119:49-72 or 42 (53)
1 Thessalonians 2:1-12
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