Wednesday, 2nd May, 2018
Reference text: Acts 15:1-6
Acts 15:1 And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.
Except on rare occasions, it appears almost inevitable that regardless of the message being proclaimed in all its purity, there always emerges an alternative dimension that seeks to question the very heart of any message that is proclaimed.
As we read in the Acts of the Apostles today, the whole message of salvation preached by the Apostles was thrown into near chaos at the emergence of a teaching that took the focus of salvation away from the cross to the actions of man. In the blink of an eye, Salvation was redefined to be dependent on the fulfilling of a particular set of requirements, something that was never part of its grand plan.
The message of salvation in its unadulterated form was ‘believe and you are saved’, not ‘be circumcised or you cannot be saved’. Thus, we see how easy it is to take ‘gifts’ and turn them into burdens that are unbearable or to take easy yokes and transform them into heavy weights- just by using a few words.
My dear, let’s be mindful of this, even for those of us who claim to have the strongest of convictions, because from the very moment we take our gaze off the cross and fix it on how far out efforts can make us acceptable; we will begin to question that beautiful gift of salvation which was given us at such a great price.
Remember # don’t transform ‘gifts’ into loads.