Hebrews 8:7 –
“For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another. But God found fault with the people and said . . . . . I will put My laws in their minds and write them on their hearts.”
There is a problem with discipleship, and the expectations of the disciples of Christ, and it is that people, for some reason, aren’t actually expected to live out the “way” of God. They’re expected to be in Him and be saved by Him, but the Way of God has been cast aside as not relevant anymore, as if the death of Christ put it to death.
Christ did not put to death the perfect Law of God, He put to death the stranglehold that this law had on us, causing frustration and death. He put to death the Way of Man that had been superimposed over the Way of God. He put to death death itself, the condemnation of our inability to keep His law. But He did not put to death God’s perfection and His holiness.
According to Hebrews, God did not find fault with His Law, He found fault with the people. If the Law was flawed and ultimately irrelevant, then why would His ultimate goal be to write it upon our hearts and minds?
Why is this important to me? Because I think that we are dismissing the Way of God too easily. Jesus calls Himself “the Way” and I believe as self-proclaimed disciples, we are not truly following His way. We are creating our own ways and then claiming it to be His way.
There is a demand upon someone who claims to be a disciple – it’s to follow in the way of his master. You can’t cast aside His way and claim to be in the Way. I was reading in a book (Mere Discipleship) this past week that somehow, somewhere in the development of Christian thought, moral action was replaced by moral thought. Almost to the point where you could justify DOING things by saying that they had no hold on you. Accumulating wealth, for example. As long as it didn’t have a grip on you, you could amass “stuff” for yourself.
I believe that the heart and mind must be changed – as well as the actions. Correct me if I’m wrong, but it’s still a sin if I do it, isn’t it?
I believe that there is a Way that is right, and it’s more than just a thought of the the heart. It’s DOING what your Master says is His way. True discipleship is walking in His steps,adhering to His teaching, and doing what He said to do.
This Way has not been cast aside by the Cross.