Indifferent and Incompatible

Posted: Sunday, May 30, 2010 in Galatians, New Testament
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Galatians 6:14-16
May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is a new creation. Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule, even to the Israel of God.

Recognition is such a wonderful high and I like most other humans thrive on it. Measuring our efforts and success through the world’s lens give us meaning and appreciation for what we do and so we continue to strive. For some, it may be the pursuit of knowledge, for some their physical beauty, for some the ability to make money, for others the association with people of power, for some the power of their body, for others the strength of mind and so on. The apostle Paul however seems to be a man of a different mould. So different that we might consider him indifferent and incompatible in our social world. Would I ever want to be a Paul and live a life of oblivion or would I prefer my own life where I try and balance the two sides of me?

As I battle to understand what God wants for me, this morning’s passage seems to ring clear in the fog of my confused mind. The good news of Jesus is that He recognizes our sinfulness and our inability to cover that sinfulness by showing the world who we are not. We like to live a life of oblivion where we prefer hiding our problems in the dark alleys of our personality and use what is acceptable to the world as our fronts. In Christ however, we gain the freedom from our sins but to fully live a life of meaning to Him who set us free, we cannot be living to please the world because the world operates diametrically opposite to Christ and what He desires. If we are to gain Christ, we have to lose the world and it’s pinning. Are we living for the moment or for eternity in the presence of our creator God?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

Comments
  1. This is so what I go through each day . . .trying not to live for the moment, but live in the moment for Him. 🙂 God bless you as you let Him speak to us through you! 🙂 This was so relevant and needed! deb

    • ServantBoy says:

      Debbie,

      I love your attitude of submission which is what I keep praying for myself. As much as I am willing to receive, I am also prideful and conceited and the reason God speaks to me is because I am hard hearted and need to hear Him to live each day. Bless you for your sincere faithfulness.

      In Him, Vineet

  2. Hi Vineet,

    I like what you said…we hide the ugly…and the true us in favour of the attachments in our lives which at end of the day…cannot and will never be who we are. May the Lord help me to see myself always through HIS LENS…and His alone. What a powerful challenge!

    Thank you and blessings your way!

    Gladwell

    • ServantBoy says:

      Gladwell

      Much of what I speak are issues I battle with myself and the words that I write are not mine because when I saw your comment, I did not understand when I said it and had to read the post again to understand it. God works in our lives in mysterious (to us) ways and I thank you for challenging me as much through your posts. Blessings to you and your lovely family.

      In Him, Vineet

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