“If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.”
– Galatians 5:25-26 ESV
Most likely, you have come to a decision point of choosing God’s plan, God’s promise and God’s purpose for your life. It’s receiving God’s gracious gift and responding to His life-changing love. It requires faith to believe because it just doesn’t make sense. We bring nothing while He gives everything.
Too often, we replace our commitment of faith with a conviction of fact.
Living by faith or “in the Spirit” usually becomes a suggestion in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts. But, God longs for it to be a strategy in every detail of our lives.
The Message illustrates what it means to “keep in step with the Spirit”, “That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original.” (Gal 5:26 MSG)
Take a moment and consider . . . Are we always looking for someone’s approval? Are we arguing to prove a point? Are we more satisfied when we acquire something we want?
A journey with The Spirit means:
I am comfortable with who I am in Christ. This may sound easy . . . but, it’s one of the most challenging concepts to accept. God loves me . . . my actions don’t change His love for me . . . my attitude doesn’t change His love for me . . . my accomplishments don’t change His love for me. Since His love for me is unchanging and unending, my insecurities are no more . . . He indwells me . . . “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Gal 2:20 NLT) If God saved us His grace, then He loves us in His grace. Paul reminds, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.” (Eph 2:10 NLT). You are an original . . . you are His masterpiece.
I am confident in what I believe in Christ. Sometimes, our circumstances can shake our convictions. When things are going bad, can we still believe? The apostle Paul was in jail. Imprisoned unjustly or not . . . he was still locked up. He writes to Timothy, “. . . I am suffering here in prison. But I am not ashamed of it, for I know the One in whom I trust, and I am sure that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until the day of His return.” (2 Tim 1:12 NLT) Paul’s belief overshadowed his burden. He knew he could trust his Savior, his Redeemer and his Deliverer. In his letter to the Christ followers in Philippi he writes, “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” (Phil 1:6 NLT)
I am content in what I have in Christ. What makes us happier? More junk or more Jesus? Paul had learned a sense of contentment through communion with his Savior. He writes, “Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” (Phil 4:11-13 NLT) His secret was being sufficiently satisfied with Christ.
Today, be comfortable, be confident and be content . . . let’s stay in step with His Spirit.