“Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?” Galatians 3:3
I admit it! I am a really slow learner! On a regular basis, I slip back into my “foolish” way of thinking. It is so easy to be judgmental (of others and myself) and to focus on “observing the law.” Just typing the word judgmental, I recall getting caught up in the fact that the word judgment was spelled incorrectly (judgement) in a verse written on a restaurant bulletin board one time. I don’t think I enjoyed my meal because I was so fixated on this error.
I waste so much time and energy … and do damage to myself and my relationships … when I allow myself to head down that doomed (and foolish) path. I do this in big ways and in small ways. I do this nearly every day. Frustration over clothing not folded “properly.” Feeling guilty at the grocery on Sunday morning (even though I went to church on Saturday night) and judging those around me for not being at church. (I told you I was a little crazy!) I get impatient with myself when I don’t live up to some “ideal Christian” standard … with all pure actions and a Christ-like attitude about everything that comes my way. Then I am reminded. It isn’t all about me! It is about Him!
“You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” Galatians 3:26
Father, remind me of the folly of living life on my own power and under the law. Help me to set myself aside and to live a life clothed in Christ. – Amen