In the New Testament, Jesus gives two commands:
1. “Follow me.”
2. “Go and sin no more.”
While there are other commands that are more important (i.e. love the lord God with all of your heart), and these are not mutually exclusive commands, I feel as though Christians tend to have a leaning towards one or the other in their spiritual walk. This leads to a heavy influence on relationships and how we tend to encourage one another in our pursuit of God.
I constantly see this as I work with my youth group. For the most part, my guys are all good kids. None of them are openly rebellious or kids that are disrespectful. They are reaching a point however, where they are realizing the logic their parent’s fed them (i.e. a relationship with God is doing what is right) isn’t panning out. They are doing what is right but deep down don’t feel as though they really know and experience God.
Perhaps it is only me, but I know I experience God the most through my own screw ups, failures, and struggles. I know I can’t make it through this life on my own and so the deep grace and mercy of God is really the only I have to hold onto. Somedays I remember that, other days I don’t.
I wish the church might start leaning more towards the importance of following Jesus, rather than doing what is right. Usually when you begin following Christ, your actions are also transformed. Attempting to do what is right and not sin usually only leads to a point of disappointment as we repeatedly fail.