MORALITY AND RELATIONSHIP
Our “Moral Compass” is important. We all have one. The issue is whether or not we listen to “The Right” or Moral side of the equations in life to make decisions. When I was a non-believer in Christ, there was a part of me that saw Jesus as a good man, doing wonderful things for all around Him and eventually me. This was my moral barometer, that God has placed in everyone.
However, there comes a point where knowing right from wrong and trying to do the right thing all the time is not enough. If we heed our common sense, we will ask – “What then is needed?” Answer: A hero is needed – a perfect person to save us from everything, including ourselves. A person to restore our relationship with The One who established The Moral Principles to begin with.
Paul starts off in Romans 1:18-20 by stating that even before God’s Hero, Jesus Christ, comes on the scene and after His ascension, everyone has no excuse for acknowledgement of Creator God.
“…for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.”
But God, went so much above and beyond that we cannot begin to fathom – we can only accept by faith through a relationship with Jesus Christ, His everlasting love for us.
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones stated in his Romans: An Exposition of Chapters 3:20-4:25, Atonement and Justification – “There is no more wonderful word than ‘grace’. It means unmerited favor or kindness shown to one who is utterly undeserving….It is not merely a free gift, but a free gift to those who deserve the exact opposite and it is given to us while we are ‘without hope and without God in the world.’”
I am not writing today to say morality is better than relationship. I am here to say that morality should point us to The Ultimate Relationship in our lives – one with The Savior of the world – Christ Jesus. The fact is true that we are born into this world with a rebellious nature toward God – a nature that contains selfish tendencies instead of God’s will for our lives. However, that moral compass sets us looking for what is right and when we think we have found it, our moral barometer begins to “gauge it’s temperature” or determine it’s application to our lives. It is my hope and prayer that your Moral compass and barometer has led to OR will lead to a Relationship with Jesus Christ.