by Stephen Whitney

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Rejoicing Father (6 of 7)
Series: Parables of Jesus
Stephen Whitney
Luke 15:25-32

United Parcel Service, known as UPS, takes great pride in the productivity of its delivery men and women. On average, a UPS driver delivers four hundred packages every day. The company gets such high productivity by micromanaging the details of a delivery person’s routine.

Robert Frank writing for the Wall Street Journal says, ‘‘With a battalion of more then 3,000 industrial engineers, the company dictates every task for employees. Drivers must step from their trucks with their right foot, fold their money face up, and carry their packages under their left arm.’’

UPS ‘‘tells drivers how fast to walk (three feet per second), how many packages to pick up and deliver a day (400 on average), even how to hold their keys (teeth up, third finger).’’

‘‘Those considered too slow are accompanied by supervisors, who cajole and prod them with stopwatches and clipboards.’’

This legalistic approach to doing business has made UPS a strong business that delivers packages on time and at a good price. But legalism in our relationship to God results in bondage because we live according to a set of rules rather than a sincere love for God.

Legalism Legalism is conforming to a code of behavior for the purpose of feeling you have reached a certain goal. Legalists make lists of what they do and don’t do so they can measure their behavior.

Legalism is a way to try and earn the grace of God by your works. It tries to outwardly measure what is good and control what is bad. It is not biblical because we can never earn God’s grace or mercy. It results in a self-righteous attitude for those who keep the rules.

Legalism was perfected by the Pharisees to follow a narrow rigid set of rules hoping to be accepted by God for their righteousness. JOY DISPLAYED :25-27 Celebration :25-26 The older brother had been there everyday faithfully working for his father. He did not know that his yo ...

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