The law always wins. It was designed that way. That’s part of the brilliance of God’s plan. We keep thinking we can beat the law, but we can’t.
We have all sorts of clever ways of trying to get around the law. Here are a few of the major ones:
- Pretend it doesn’t exist.
- Pretend it doesn’t matter.
- Pretend we are following it when we know we’re not.
- Pretend we can follow it by altering it to make it doable.
- Pretend that if we can’t be perfect, we can be better than the next guy, and that somehow that will be good enough.
All these are ways we think we can get around the law, but we can’t. The law ultimately nails every one of us, and though we think we can beat it in this life, we will meet it in the next, and it will have the last say in the last judgment.
There’s only one way around the law, and herein lies the brilliance of God’s plan. Nothing happens to the law; the law is good. It was always good. But we die in relationship to it, so we can be free from its control over us.
It was our first marriage to a good partner, but one that only brought out the worst in us, and because the only legitimate way out of a marriage is the death of one of the partners – since the law will never die – we die instead, so that we can be raised to life and married to a new partner, Jesus Christ. Now how brilliant is that?
So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. For when we were in the realm of the flesh, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death. But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code. (Romans 7:4-6)
So there you have it: a new way of bearing fruit for God. Not by trying and failing, or by trying and manipulating, or by trying and faking it, but by dying instead of trying. That is by dying and being born again in the Spirit, so that God Himself brings forth good things from our lives by His presence in us. He’s our new husband, and because we are one with Him, what is true for Him is true for us.
So go ahead and let the law win. Don’t even fight it, because it will win every time you do. Instead, be one with Christ, and allow Him to have His way with you. He will bring forth in you the good you want so much to be and do.
Now you have to agree, that’s simply brilliant.
From Bill, a MemberPartner of the Membership Committee: Day 2
If John and Marti were perfect pitchmen – they could manipulate our giving power by … The Perfect Gift!
Who can resist a new release download, a smart-looking T-shirt, a baseball hat that tells people I am with the ‘in’ crowd, or a matching mug?
Marti and John have yet to incorporate this technique – not that they never will – but for now, they simply ask us to join them in making real the Gospel of Welcome to everyone, everywhere. A simple but brilliant, purpose.
As a Catch MemberPartner and a volunteer on the Membership Committee, if you are like me, you have found yourself spent by methods of emotional creative design to encourage you to give. The practice is called manipulation, and it is used often to empty our pockets.
Paul is clearly opposed to such a practice, and in fact goes further to say in 2 Corinthians, Chapter 9: verses 1-5, “I sent these brothers to you so that you would not be embarrassed at the last minute because you had not had time to get this all together, so that the whole matter can be taken care of before I come.”
Basically, Paul is saying that he has no problem letting people know about a need. His point is that the need does not have to be coerced emotionally. Take care of it in a sensible, rational way before I even get there.
So please consider this very simple request:
Catch MemberPartnerships offer a pain-free way to help further the Gospel of Welcome. It is a Brilliant idea whose time has come. It is simple to enroll. It is an uncomplicated approach to achieve a vital ministry. It is Simply Brilliant.
Every time a new MemberPartner is activated, the Gospel of Welcome message extends farther beyond the 139 countries we are presently serving, new enrichment programs are added, and our services are expanded to members, contributors, and readers.
What’s more, a real, tangible economic advantage is offered to all Catch citizens, irrespective of financial capacity:
To keep it simple, rich or poor, if there is a “readiness” to give – a built-into-the-heart desire to give, “the gift is acceptable according to what one has,not according to what one does not have.”(2 Corinthians 8:12).
For those without the capacity to give, MemberPartner sponsorships are available.
Together with this, opportunities exist to register friends and family tax free MemberPartnerships or honor a loved one through an honorary PartnerMembership in his or her memory.