August 17, 2019

What I read today;

Galatians 5&6 and Ephesians 1; Luke 6; Isaiah 48; Psalm 9-10; Ruth 3; Genesis 49-50

What do our lives say about our faith in Jesus Christ?

Yes, we are saved children of God.  But would anyone know that from how we act?  Galatians 5 reinforces that Jesus did the work of salvation for us.  The entire book rejects the idea that we have to work for our salvation to earn it or to make points towards it.

The question that follows is, how do we respond to the work Jesus did on our behalf?  Do we continue to live as if nothing happened?  Do we chase after the same obsessions of the world as we did before we met Christ?  Do we look like the works of the flesh described in Galatians 5 vs. 16-21;

Live by the Spirit, I say and do not gratify the desires of the flesh.  For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want.   But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law.   Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” NRSV

Or does our life reflect what Paul says in Galatians 5 vs. 22-26;

By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness,  gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.   And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.  Let us not become conceited, competing against one another, envying one another.” NRSV

Each of us is on a path.  As we grow in grace, the question becomes are we becoming more Christlike, or are we staying the same or regressing.  How would you answer the question?

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