I am the LORD your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy – Leviticus 11:44 (NIV)Except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. The characteristic of a disciple is not that he does good things, but that he is good in motive because he has been made good by the super-natural grace of God. The only thing that exceeds right doing is right being. Jesus Christ came to put into any man who would let Him a new heredity, which would exceed the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees. Jesus says “if you are My disciple you must be right not only in your living, but in your motives, in your dreams, in the recesses of your mind.” You must be so pure in your motives that God Almighty can see nothing to censure. Who can stand in the Eternal Light of God and have nothing for God to censure? Only the Son of God, and Jesus Christ claims that by His Redemption He can put into any man His own disposition, and make him as unsullied and as simple as a child. The purity, which God demands is impossible unless I can be remake within, and that is what Jesus, has undertaken to do by His Redemption.
No man can make himself pure by obeying laws, Jesus does not give us rules and regulations; His teachings are truths that can only be interpreted by the disposition He puts in. The great marvel of Jesus Christ’s salvation is that He alters heredity. He does not alter human nature; He alters its mainspring.
The Bible says that we have not been given the spirit of timidity but rather a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline – 2 Timothy 1:7. Let us therefore not be intimidated when jibes are made about us being one of them – those Chrife people. Rather let us boldly make a clean break with every form of ungodly compromise, resisting all temptation to indulge in evil, no matter how rampant and normal they may be. Let us remember that when we run away from evil deeds, we are not cowards. On the contrary we are lion hearted and wise.
PS NOTE: Quotations from Oswald Chambers’ – My Utmost for His Highest
Source: Culled from SALM’s article in the Chronicle newspaper.