The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. Hebrews 10:1
Ever since Lent, I have been watching The Chosen with my kids. It’s a high-quality TV series about Jesus as The Chosen One and how people are transformed when they are chosen by Him. Not wanting to compromise the message, or be restricted by Hollywood, it’s creator, Dallas Jenkins, films it independently, relying on funding by anyone and everyone who wants to donate. It’s the largest crowd-funded production ever.
Watching it together has been a wonderful way for me to teach my kids more about our faith. I’m also finding I have to refer to my Study Bible to teach or reteach myself certain things before I can share them with my kids.
I spent some time on Saturday learning more about the Pharisees. Nicodemus is a major player in the episodes we’re on right now. I wanted to be able to talk to my kids more about him and the transformation we’re seeing play out.
As I was reading about how the Pharisees were all about the laws and rules, I felt like I was reading about myself. They couldn’t see all the good Jesus was doing because they were too consumed with Him not following their rules. Lately, I’m finding it’s hard to see the good in my own kids because they’re in a big phase of rule-breaking themselves.
I do think it’s critical for parents to tow the line at home, making sure our kids respect the rules and boundaries established in our homes. If we don’t, we can’t expect them to do so when they go out into the world.
But somewhere in there is the fine line between consequence and compassion. If I’m just about the rules, with the haze of frustration blinding me to the good, I’m no better than the Pharisees. I’m left standing in condemnation, at risk for missing the very heart of God within them.
Jesus didn’t choose just the Twelve Apostles to follow Him. He chose each and every one of us too. But in order to answer the invitation, we have to loosen our grip on the rules and remain open. Regardless of all the ways we fall short, when we allow Him into our hearts, we too will be transformed.
Questions for Reflection:
- Do I allow my kids’ rule-breaking to blind me to the good in them?
- Do I keep my heart open so Jesus can constantly transform me so I become a bit more like Him?
If I’m just about the rules, with the haze of frustration blinding me to the good, I’m no better than the Pharisees.Tweet
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