|Posted by Asa on January 12, 2015 at 1:50 PM|
Galatians 5 says 'if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing'. That's really powerful because it shows that if we think we've reached our destination, then there's no use of having the car - Jesus! The fact is, we have a Long Way 2 Go!! It's funny that I read this actually because I was wondering on the bus today why I felt a little less freedom than usual. I'm free in Christ but I didn't feel that way. Feelings aren't everything - I know - but they do suggest & imply.
So I thought to myself, let me look up something about freedom in Christ. So I jumped 2 Galatians & came across chapter 5. God showed me that the answer was, I'm too content with the place I'm at right now. I was walking round the block yesterday evening, praising God that I'm free from sin. There's currently no sin that I feel I'm battling with so I was praising God 4 that freedom. Then God spoke into my heart & said, "you do know the Bible also says, if you don't do what you know is right - that's a sin too - not just avoiding the things you're tempted to do". But with that thought, I felt myself quickly try & change the topic because I knew that would make me feel less joyful, thinking of the ways I fail. Then lyrics from songs I wrote popped into my head, "Think I've won the fight 'til I'm reminded of the one I'm in" (No Place Like Prayer) & "Feeling like the fight is over though it's only just begun" (Time, Space & things that Matter).
I can't count the number of wasted opportunities in Philosophy, where God has opened a door & I've been too scared to walk through it. I'm fighting a battle every day. I need to wake up to that. I'm starting to see now the dangers of being content. We need to always be looking for ways to grow. 'Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.' (Philippians 3:12)
Galatians 5 tells us that Christ profits us nothing when we fix our eyes on keeping the law. Because if we do then we become debtors to keep the whole law & have fallen from Grace. But God also reminds us here that if we're led by the Spirit we're no longer under the law. 'For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith'. Righteousness...you don't have it. You might be covered in Christ's, but beneath that robe of righteousness you're not where you need to be. So until death, keep climbing. If you're not moving forward, you're moving backwards.
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