Friday, March 11, 2016

How Rules Point to Jesus

For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God’s laws. ~James 2:10




Filled with shame.

This is the heavy weight my son carries at times after school. This breaks my heart, yet, I see a great teaching tool to help Him see His value in Christ and the truth of his need for the gospel alone.

At his school there is a color system to let the student and the parent know how they did in a given day. It is probably needed in an institution where it is necessary to maintain order. I mean, when you have a 20 to 1 ratio of 5-7 year olds to one adult, a system of order is needed.

The problem with the "system" is that it is set up for the legalists. These kids who thrive on pleasing others and enjoy "rules" do well with this system but it is feeding a bad thing in them; self-righteousness. I know because I tried these things with my first born legalist and her behavior was excellent, however, I was missing her heart.

My son, he seems to not have the capability to be legalistic. There are things in his wiring and his brain that keep him from achieving the highest color and when he misses the mark, he is overwhelmed with shame.

As I was wrestling with the need for the "law" versus the need for "grace" I found two things to be true.

1- All children are individuals who come with their own struggles and flaws because we are all sinners living in a fallen world. In this line of thought, was my son simply sinful intentionally or was he actually caught off guard by his behavior? When I expect him to achieve the highest color on a given day, am I expecting a person on crutches to walk without them? Is it possible or is there more to it, like interventions that need to be in place?

2- My son desires to please his teachers and his parents. When he misses the mark he is deflated. This shows me that he does desire to do well but at times it is just not possible without further intervention. 

After seeing him come home with such a heavy heart last week I reminded him that Jesus died for our sins and because of this, God always sees you as the highest color, even when you bring home a bad color. God knows how hard it is and that is why He sent Jesus to die. Trust Jesus in this my dear son. Cry out for help. He hears and will help you every moment of every day.

This truth lifted the weight. The true truth of the gospel always does. After our chat my son has been better. He is relieved from the pressure to perform. I am thankful he has to face the "law" daily and see he cannot achieve perfection. I am thankful that this system shows him his great need for a rescuer. The one and only Jesus.  
Father, help us to see our need for Jesus. Forgive us when we think we can do it on our own. Help us keep our eyes fixed on Him in all things. Thank you for Jesus. Amen. 

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