Hey y'all! I hope you had an awesome, blessed Christmas! Our family sure did. I meant to share this outfit earlier in the week... but you know how Christmas preparations go. ;) This is what I wore to church and our Lessons and Carols service last week. It's a little less-Christmasy than 2011's outfit, but I am a huge fan of the sparkles. ;)
1) The law reveals a knowledge of sin. This a little different than knowing intellectually or internally that we've done something wrong because it feels that way. No, transgression of the law of God is SIN, whether we realize it or not. Lying is a personal affront to our Creator, not just a bad white-lie habit from middle school. Those little things you do are not just character flaws-- they are sin and we will be judged for them eternally if we do not trust in the Lord. I don't know about you, but every time I read the 10 commandments I am convicted and see another area of my life that needs grace.
2) The law revives the sin in the sinner. Remember-- there is nothing wrong with the law-- the problem is with us. Verse 8: "But sin, taking opportunity by the commandment, produced in me all manner of evil desire." He's telling his personal testimony here, of knowing the law and having his sinful nature aroused. When we think we are doing OK, the law will come and remind us that we are sinners-- and not just that-- our natural flesh will rise up and want to sin more, simply because the law tells us not to. You've seen this in a two-year-old. Mom says, "don't stick your finger in the butter" and next thing you know there are fingerprints in it. Jesus made it clear that we need to know the law and recognize our sin when He said, "I have not come to save the righteous, but sinners." The sinner who knows we have to realize our sin.
We don't like being told, "Obey me" because we are fallen. We justify rebellion and this shows the fabric of our souls. Oftentimes a directive derives exactly the opposite, because sin uses the law to energize disobedience in us.
3) Sin uses the law to deceive us. Verses 10-11: "And the commandment, which was to bring life, I found to bring death. For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it killed me."
When we try to follow the commandments, we come up short again and again. The law is not the problem, but our own flesh. Sin produces death in me by taking an occasion for good and making it bad by trying to do it for my own reasons. Sanctification is not attained by the law. We have NOTHING to commend us to God. Our conservative applications of the Bible do not make us ANY more holy than someone who is less "conservative". Because we are all deceived in our own flesh.
How are we to navigate these tricky waters? God reveals Himself to us because our relationship to the law, which was bringing death, has changed, and now we are being reoriented towards grace! Our orientation should be to the Father who is warm and loving. Bet your bottom dollar, our sinful flesh when poked will be shown to be living within us still, but the answer is not more law, but a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Cardigan: Forever21: $8
Tank: Forever21: $1.80
Skirt: Made by me: Fabric: $10
Pearl set: Gift
Hat: Target: $20
How was your Christmas? Any gifts you were particularly ecstatic to get? What did you wear make the occasion festive?