Jeremiah 31:31 (NLT)
31 “The day is coming,” says the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah.
And it came in the form of Christ and the Holy Spirit. It wasn’t about more laws – God had given us all that we needed in 10. This was to give us what we can’t do ourselves, to give us the ability to fulfill the laws.
Ecclesiastes 7:8 (NLT)
8 Finishing is better than starting.
Patience is better than pride.
So, when Christ said “It is finished” (John 19:29-30), it is finished. At least the ground laying work, the new covenant is finished. Now, we have a choice.
Matthew 19:17-22 (NLT)
17 “Why ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. But to answer your question—if you want to receive eternal life, keep the commandments.”
18 “Which ones?” the man asked.
And Jesus replied: “‘You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. 19 Honor your father and mother. Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
20 “I’ve obeyed all these commandments,” the young man replied. “What else must I do?”
21 Jesus told him, “If you want to be perfect, go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
22 But when the young man heard this, he went away sad, for he had many possessions.
As all we of the First (and increasingly the Second) World do, we have many possessions. Yet, do we first turn to Christ for what we are looking for? Christ knew the heart of the young ruler, so he went to the heart of the matter. Where’s our heart at? Is it centered on Christ and the life he calls us to live, or is it centered on the possessions we have/want?
It is finished. We have been given the final covenant. Now we have to claim it through our life choices.
Your heart is where you spend your thoughts, time, and energy.