Hi, and thanks for joining me today on a 'Walk of Faith'!
Does it ever feel sometimes like our focus or agenda has been hijacked by the circumstances of the day in which we live? I know it feels like that for me sometimes and the things I feel that I'm called to get to, I don't get to because there are so many other obstacles in the way that I have to overcome.
Well, the Bible talks about that a little bit. Paul ran into that in the early days of the church and wanted to encourage the followers of Jesus Christ to keep the main thing, the main thing, and to not get caught up in all of the minor issues of the day. So let me share with you this passage from Galatians chapter five, starting at verse 1, and see if this rings true for you today as it did for the early church. Paul writes:
"We have this freedom now because Christ made us free. So stand strong in that freedom. Don't go back into slavery again. Listen! I, Paul, tell you that if you start following the law by being circumcised, then Christ cannot help you. Again, I warn everyone, if you allow yourselves to be circumcised then you must follow the whole law. If you try to be made right with God through the law, your life with Christ is finished. You have left God's grace. I say this because our hope of being right with God comes through faith and the Spirit helps us feel sure as we wait for that hope. When someone belongs to Christ Jesus it is not important if they are circumcised or not. The important thing is faith. The kind of faith that works through love."
That's the first six verses of Galatians 5. And that's really what Paul is getting to, that if we start nitpicking, especially within the Body of Christ, about who's right and who's wrong and who's in and who's out, we miss the main point: that our relationship with God through Jesus Christ is based on understanding and expanding the gift of faith that God has placed within each one of us.
That's God's goal for you and me: to grow our faith into its complete form so that we'll be equipped and ready to be fellow heirs with Christ in Heaven for all eternity.
So that's what we need to keep focused on. That we follow and grow our faith in Jesus Christ and that we bring others along with us on that journey.
Friends, we do have a lot to be thankful for, in spite of the circumstances of the day. Take a few moments and let your heart be filled with gratitude for all of the blessings that God has given us and continues to give us in this season! Amen.
~ Pastor Kerry