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My dad has been a pastor since I was two years old and you know I was raised fully in the church. And I was a kid that never smoked, Iíve never tasted alcohol, I waited until I was married to have sex. I really honestly wanted to serve the Lord and know His word and just be His follower. You know, I just started realizing, man, Iím very legalistic, Iím very, just self-righteous in this moment or in this instance. And so God has really had to do like a huge work in my own life because itís the exact same, sin is sin and obviously, when you look at Jesus when He came to the earth, He was just really frustrated with the Pharisees and the scribes and leaders of that day because it was that very thing where it was just going through the motions sometimes.

And it became about tradition rather than about relationship. And I think itís something we always have to stop and check ourselves and say, ďLord, where am I really at right now? Am I doing your works with love?Ē

Because even in First Corinthians 13 where it says, you know, you can have the faith to move mountains, you can, you know, give your body to be burned for Godís kingdom and sell all that you have and give it to the poor. But if youíre doing it without love, itís meaningless to me. I know that Iíve really struggled with that and so again, something that I really honestly want to challenge the church with is just to be real with the Lord and to just be humble in our relationship with Him and the people around us, because really all that God has asked us to do in this life is simple- is love Him and love the people around us. And if we canít do that, then weíre off the mark, regardless if weíve been in the church our whole lives or not.

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