THIS WEEK’S FOCUSED SCRIPTURE
Galatians 6:15-16 TPT
15Circumcision doesn’t mean a thing to me. The only thing that really matters is living by the transforming power of this wonderful new creation life. 16And all those who live in agreement with this standard will have true peace and God’s delight, for they are the Israel of God.
Galatians 5:6 TPT
6When you’re placed into the Anointed One and joined to him, circumcision and religious obligations can benefit you nothing. All that matters now is living in the faith that is activated and brought to perfection by love.
THOUGHTS FROM TSEPO
One of the things we struggle the most with as Christians is breaking free from past cultural and traditional practices. Breaking away from the status quo. We find ourselves over and over being caught in the vicious cycle of norms and customs. We are still hostage to things that do not really matter. We are like a bird that has been in a cage for a while that cannot fly away even after it has been freed from its cage.
Paul is writing to one such a people in this letter. He is awakening something that is dormant in them; the realization that true freedom lies in the letting go of all the dead weight. We have put upon ourselves the unnecessary burden of pleasing people, the need to fit in, the need to observe the status quo. If blind Bartimaeus listened to people’s opinions, he probably would have died blind. If we listen to the noise around us, we will never really be able to hear the voice inside. If everything matters to us, then we will miss the one thing that really matters.
If we want to live our lives based on the standards set by society, we will never really experience the transforming power of Christ. What people do is pull you down and tie you to what has always been a norm for them. But Christ is calling us to something greater. He is calling us to a life free of judgement, a life free of anxiety, a life free of the need to perform. All that really matters is our relationship with Him. It’s not the things we do at church, it’s not our good deeds, it’s not the external things, but the internal—it’s our relationship with HIM.