Beyond Sincerity and On to Truth

PaulDamascusWe had a new garage door put in. During a conversation with the door installer, he said that one time he installed a new garage door on a garage, but it was at the wrong address! When asked what happened next he said, “Well, those folks got a free garage door and I still had to install one at the right address.” I’m sure he put forth his best effort at putting a garage door on what turned out to be the wrong garage, but that didn’t change the fact that he wasn’t doing the job he was supposed to be doing.

In every area of life we can put forth a great deal of effort in the wrong place. This is also true in the area of religious faith.

One of the most famous religious people of all time, the apostle Paul, who wrote 13 of the 27 books of the New Testament, spent a great deal of religious effort to be a very religious person by following all the rules and rituals of his religious faith. He even opposed the followers of Christ for not playing by all the old religious rules. While on a trip to further harass these Christ-followers he had an amazing spiritual experience, seeing the blinding presence of the glorified Christ Himself, and it turned him around 180 degrees. He then saw that true faith isn’t about rules and rituals but a relationship with the One whom he had met in that blinding encounter.

A lot of people say they’re spiritual, they may even say they work quite hard at it. Some would say it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you sincerely believe. Rarely does being sincere guarantee being right. It didn’t for our garage door installer who sincerely thought he was putting the garage door on the right garage. Why should it be any different in the spiritual realm?

He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.” (Psalm 25:9)

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