One of the things that I talk about with groups here at Asbury is the struggle of what it means to be a Christian. How exactly should we live? What exactly should we do? What are the things that we should be doing?
What are the things that we shouldn’t be doing?
Man, wouldn’t it be a lot easier if God just gave us a check list. Now, He has given us things like the greatest commandment (love the Lord our God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself) and He has given us the 10 Commandments.
So there are some basics.
But, there is no check list. There’s something better.
Listen to what Paul tells us today in Galatians 2:19-20:
For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Paul tells us this. We’d died to the law. We don’t live by the law any more. Ours is not a checklist faith any more. Well, what kind of faith is it?
It’s the faith where Christ lives in us and through us. It’s the kind of faith where we die not just to the law, but to ourselves.
It’s the kind of faith where just focus on Jesus. If we focus on Him, He takes care of the rest.
So, today, don’t worry about a checklist. Don’t worry about what you have to do. This, this is what you have to do. Focus on Him. With all that you are. With all that you have. Focus on Him.
That’s your check list. Focus on Him.
And if you do that. If we do that, He will take care of the rest.
Today, may we focus on Him, may we follow Him, with all that we are. And His spirit within us will take care of what we are supposed to do!
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