E-votional - Stand
"For freedom Christ
has set us free. Stand firm, therefore and do not submit again to a
yoke of slavery."
- Galatians 5:1
direction and boundaries, we all seek and want them. Though they may
differ from person to person, a relative truism of life is we seek to
explore and find the direction, one way or another.
Good News, through Christ we experience
order direction and boundaries through the truest freedom of all. A
freedom of our own spirit. As the Hebrew people were being led to the
promise land they cried out for law, order and direction and were given a
simple law, identifying who God was, who they were and how they should
relate to others. Over time
the Law did not change, but the response to the Law changed. Instead
of the Law reminding people of who they were and whose they were, it became
more about what to do and what not to do. What can I get away with and
can I not. Instead of focusing God it became a focus on the self.
But through Christ we are freed to focus on the New Covenant embodied
by Christ: Freedom through and by Love. The letter of the Law is no
longer the focus, now the Spirit and the presence of the Spirit changes
everything: new life, a new foundation.
Paul continues by sharing the difference of
living by the flesh and living by the Spirit. As an interesting aside, we
might be able to see that living by the letter of the Law is much like being
yoked by the flesh and living by the Spirit of the Law is freedom from
the flesh. To be yoked or to be free. And an even deeper
question is the "freedom" a yoke in and of itself?
Father, never let me look past the presence of the Spirit in my life, let me
always stand firm in my understanding and embodiment of Christ. And
though I will stumble and make mistakes, let them be out of love instead of
Finally, I am very aware that I will and do have selfish intentions
from time to time, by Your grace, forgive me and allow me to move
past those mistakes that I might focus on You. Thank you
Father, for all You have
done and all You will continue to do in my life. Amen.