I spent my devotional time this morning with a few new friends. It was great. It is always good to open The Word and dig into It with others...I encourage you to find someone you can do this with often...that is a huge part of the 'Community' benefits of being in the family of faith!
We read this text: 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. Listen! I, Paul, tell you this: If you are counting on circumcision to make you right with God, then Christ will be of no benefit to you. I’ll say it again. If you are trying to find favor with God by being circumcised, you must obey every regulation in the whole law of Moses. For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God’s grace. But we who live by the Spirit eagerly wait to receive by faith the righteousness God has promised to us. For when we place our faith in Christ Jesus, there is no benefit in being circumcised or being uncircumcised. What is important is faith expressing itself in love. (Galatians 5:1-6 NLT)
There is so much here...in context of the book of Galatians, Paul is challenging the people to trust Christ rather than anything else. Jesus had set them free from sin and free to life...there would be no reason to look to anything other than Christ to live right and well. Not any tradition...not any ceremony...not any person...not anything. Jesus + NOTHING!
In this new year I challenge you similarly. Do not rely on anything other than Christ...His love, His Grace, His mercy...that will bring you freedom and keep you free. Let go of any other thing that might enslave you and hold on to Jesus with all of your being! That is living by The Spirit! Christ has set you FREE! Live free this year and beyond. Live free today!