“So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.”
When Jesus came and died on a cross, He paid the ultimate price so we could receive eternal life ABSOLUTELY FREE. Why then, do we still work for Heaven? We try to grow spiritually by reading our Bible more, attending every church function, and listening to every sermon. We can follow all the “laws,” but without the Holy Spirit bringing life to those things, we are never transformed.
Could it be that, like the Galatians, we have made the traditions and processes more important than God himself?
We judge others for how well they do/do not measure up and “look” like a Christian. We hold them to a law that we aren’t even held to by God! We even judge other believers or churches for not being “just like us.” Why not let God refine us, not us refine others?
Rules without relationship are exhausting and ridiculous. Jesus sacrificed his life so that we didn’t have to earn our way into heaven. He set us free, and the process of refining keeps us free.
1.) Read all of Galatians 5. As you read verses 22-23, do you feel like you possess the fruits of the Spirit listed? Choose one fruit that you are struggling to experience and ask God why it is difficult for you. What is holding you back?
2.) What part of your spiritual life feels stagnant or brutal to accomplish (prayer, reading your Bible, going to church, etc)? What is your true motivation for completing this task? (Are you trying to impress others? Are you trying to earn God’s love? Etc)
3.) Pray for God to renew your mind and change the obligation of Christianity to an affection for Christ.