Philippians 2: 19-21 rings out loud and clear today with a passage worth pondering from The Message. Here goes…
I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work. So I quit being a “law man” so that I could be God’s man. Christ’s life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that.
It is not clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be an abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God? I refuse to do that, to repudiate God’s grace. If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then Christ died unnecessarily.
Don’t you just love a message like this… be careful of getting caught up in all of the rules while forgetting the grace that accompanies it. God has taught me this message personally over and over again throughout the years, maybe because I needed to hear it so badly. Well, I think I’ve really began to understand it as of late, more so over the last year. Love it when something sinks in like that.
Weather is lovely here in the UK which is a real treat since it’s often rainy and wet. Lots and lots of beautiful flowers and green rolling hills. Austin is doing well at Living Waters and only has great things to say about his experiences there. I’m so grateful that he was willing to sacrifice his summer and serve in such a capacity. Many people don’t know that he has decided to stay there clear through the day before school starts. He finishes up on a Sunday afternoon and gets back home in time to sleep and get up for school in the morning. I admire and respect him for his willingness to do it and that it was completely self-initiated. Such a bright star in my life.
My other children are doing well too. I try hard to not talk about them on the blog because they aren’t keen on being mentioned. Well then, so be it. I’m more than glad to go it alone and keep opening up my heart concerning my walk and my life as a Jesus follower.
So much to be thankful for concerning God’s presence in our lives isn’t there… regardless of our circumstances.