Stop Living Like A Fool
O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified. Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh — Galatians 3:1-3
I think it's easy for Christians to be fooled and bewitched. We slip into a state of confusion because the natural ways of this life are so tangible they are spellbinding. Yet the Bible teaches we are spiritual beings dressed in flesh. And we not only struggle to realize this, but we also struggle to recall this regularly.
But God does most of the work we need to get done in this life if we can learn to get out of his way. He does the work of justification for us in Jesus Christ. He gives us a Spirit that dwells in us. And this Spirit works to convict, lead, and direct us into the righteous work already accomplished in Christ. Really God does most of the work. But still, believers default to living in and out of the flesh. We default to trusting in our plans, effort, and motivation. And this is why Paul calls the Galatians foolish.
Today I want you to reflect on a place in your spiritual life where you default to living in the futile power in the flesh. Maybe do a quick assessment of home, marriage, family, finances, career, and ministry and identify where you spend too much human effort doing work by your power. And then, try to identify both of these things: First, how Christ accomplished this work you are trying to complete. Second, how you need to specifically trust more in the Spirit to do this work in and through you. And then leave the rest, and give all the results and glory to God. Cause when you live this way, you ain't foolish.
ASK THIS: What place in your life do you trust too much in the flesh?
DO THIS: Ask the Spirit to give you direction and power to do the right work the right way.
PRAY THIS: God, may your Spirit work in and through me.
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