The Christian life can often seem like a long list of rules and expectations. However, Jesus never called us to change our behavior through our own effort. Instead, He's called us to remain in His presence and then promised that our lives would bear fruit.
Growing up, my grandmother would often say, “Don't judge a book by its cover; the real test is in the text.” It’s amazing when I think about how many times this truth has applied to much more than simply books. In our text this morning, we find the Apostle Paul talking about how we often focus on the externals of our lives instead of looking within ourselves for our spiritual development.