Reading: Galatians 6
But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. And as for all who walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God. From now on let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen. (Galatians 6:14-18)
Thinking and Reflecting
When all is said and done, what matters? Paul's answer to the Galatians, as they seek to live a life that accurately reflects the gospel is this: what matters is a new creation! What counts is that we are new, remade, and reborn. The power for newness does not come from a legalistic alignment with commandments that we cannot humanly keep. The power for newness does not come from a lack of guidance that makes everything acceptable. The power for newness is from God through Christ, through faith in Christ, and through the presence of God's Spirit within us.
What kind of outward signs do we use to measure the Christian life? What do we think makes a good Christian? What are the markers of a Christian? Paul says that what matters is newness! What would it do to the church if we only accepted members that are willing to be constantly renewed? What would it do to our own lives if we took seriously this measurement: I must reflect my newness in Christ?
Father God, we want to live in the cross, we want to boast only in the cross, we want that power to guide us as we live renewed lives. Help us to understand what matters and what you want. In Jesus' name, Amen.