May 5 – Walking in the Spirit

Read Galatians 5:1-26

I’ll admit it… I’m an avid apple user. I don’t know all of the ins and outs, but the ones I know, I use and love. It’s okay if you choose to love a different platform; I respect them all in their own right. I love Apple because of the freedom it gives me. The freedom to jump from device to device without any time lost. Everything is accessible and right where I left it. Everything is simple and life is good.

I love the connected playground Apple has built for me between my devices. As long as I stay in the “Apple Playground” everything connects and is easily accessible. My apple watch even unlocks my MacBook Pro when I’m sitting close enough… it’s like living in a dream. Can I get an AMEN?

Apple gives us a neat illustration to look at today when we examine today’s scripture. Apple has built a playground for its users to be able to optimize their personal phones and connectivity to the world. Without the constructs and systems they have in place, I’d be digitally lost.

God defines the playground that we get to live in as Christians. God gave us the Bible and His Spirit in us to guide us through life. Living by the Spirit allows us to live the best life, the life that he created us for (John 10:10). This life that he has planned for us can only be accessed when we walk by the Spirit. The playground that he developed for us isn’t intended to limit our freedom, but give us freedom!

According to Galatians 5:1, “Christ has set us free.” We don’t have to live under the law anymore, because Christ came and redefined the playground, the only thing that counts now is, “faith expressing itself through love” (Galatians 5:6). Freedom from the law does not mean freedom TO sin, but rather freedom FROM sin.

There’s a constant battle between our sin nature and life in the Spirit. We try to make it subjective, but it’s not. God clearly shows us what life in the flesh looks like (vs. 19-21) and what life in the Spirit looks like (vs. 22-26).

God gives us freedom to live inside His playground or not. But don’t use your freedom to indulge the flesh, for selfish ambition. Get in on God’s best and serve one another humbly in love.

RS

Questions:

  • How can I serve someone humbly in love today?
  • Am I living by the Spirit? How do I see the fruit of the Spirit (vs 5:22-23) in myself?
  • What am I doing that is driven by selfish ambition?
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