I reflected recently on the new hearts we received through the finished work of Christ.
Our new hearts are pure and right, filled with love for God and all that pertains to Him. The New Covenant placed us in union with God, which means we can live from Him as our source of life. Concerning the things of God, our former “have-tos” have become our “want-tos”, because His desires are now ours. Thankful for all He has done for us, we believers share a core desire to live in a way that brings glory to God.
But the question is … how do we accomplish this?
How do we live so others will praise God as they see Him at work in us? The answer might surprise you. Many sincere believers mistakenly think keeping the law will bring glory to God. You know, things like:
following the Ten Commandments
doing what looks good
avoiding what looks bad
That certainly sounds like a great idea …until we consider that God NEVER intended us to be good, but to live from His goodness. Think back with me to the Garden of Eden, where God placed two trees. The first was the tree of life, from which man could freely eat. But the second was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (right and wrong), from which God told Adam he must never eat or suffer certain death. By warning Adam about that second tree, God made it clear that He never intended us to even know what good and evil, right and wrong, are. And he never intended us to live with right and wrong as our standard.
God created us to know and be consumed with Him, not our behavior toward Him.