That’s Ridiculous

Leviticus 21-23, Hebrews 8

Warren buffet has 10 rules for investing.  When you read them, you will agree that they make total sense.  In fact, they are not even hard.  Look for yourself:

  1. Invest in what you know
  2. Focus on company quality
  3. Seek value
  4. Be patient
  5. View market fluctuations as opportunities
  6. Invest for the long term
  7. Reinvest profits
  8. Avoid debt
  9. Build a concentrated portfolio
  10. Know when to sell

Just think, you could be a billionaire too, if you follow these simple rules.   Take one look at my bank account and you will see how good I am at following these “simple” rules.  If only there was another way.

Wait, what if there was?  What if someone came to you and said, hey, I have a better way.  A new deal.  I am going to wipe away all those rules.  Instead of the rules, all you have to do is follow me.  Give me all of your attention and I will take care of you.  Just believe.  Would you do it?

Isn’t this exactly what Jesus did?  Nobody could keep the rules – the law – so, he changed them.  Once and for all, he eliminated the need for priests and intermediaries, providing a direct pathway to God himself.  He dispenses with the sacrifices too.  Instead, Jesus “is the one who mediates for us.”  But that is not all.  Jesus provides “a far better covenant with God, based on better promises (Hebrews 8:6 (NLT)).” These better promises include mercy for our iniquities and their complete erasure from God’s heart (Hebrews 8:11).

For many, this promise is too much.  It’s easier to believe in the law.  Sure, the failure rate is brutal, but at least I have control over it.  The new way is tougher.  Not because of what I have to do but because of what I don’t have to do. and If I can’t physically do things, I have to rely on one thing; faith.  Do you believe it?

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1 (ESV)