Prayer Focus: Tajikistan

Bible Reading: Galatians 4-6

Scripture:

14 But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. (Galatians 6:14) 

Observation:

There’s a whole lotta law going on here. We’re under the law, we’re free from the law, bond and free, slave or son. If you aren’t careful when reading through it, you might get confused. How is the law of Christ different from the law that we are saved from? Do we throw out the children of the desolate and embrace the children of promise? and how does the slave, free, bond, son, desolate, promise concepts map to the idea that we ought to do good to all people and bear one another’s burdens, thereby fulfilling the law of Christ – wait, what was I saying? How did we get back to the law? Seems to me, though that one thing is clear – we always get into trouble when we make our faith about anything other than Jesus and the cross.

Application:

So what do we make of this? If we get this part wrong, we risk endangering it all. If we get this right, then all the rest sort of settles itself.

Jesus, while we were dead under the law, slaves and enemies of God, came as the Son, and sacrificed Himself on the Cross as payment for sin – thereby meeting the demands required by God’s law for us, so that we would be exempt. If we accept this, we are free from the law and no longer desolate. Instead we receive the promise, become co-heirs or sons with Christ, and are free to live by the strength of the Spirit.

Of course, this doesn’t mean we’re always successful at it. . . but we can choose to, which is more than can be said of those who reject Christ and the cross, and therefore remain dead. When we keep this truth in perspective, then it’s a lot harder to bully others or chastise them because we remember what we are saved from. . . and more importantly, what we are saved for.

Paul kind of said it well when, in chapter 6, verse 6 he says, “The one who is taught the word is to share all good things with the one who teaches him.” No one person is greater or lesser, we learn from and teach each other, we come alongside and correct, guide, and encourage one another, and no one walks alone. We share one another’s burdens, just as Christ shouldered ours on the cross and restored us to a right relationship (a sonship) with God. So, like Paul, may we not lose heart in doing good.

Prayer:

Father, help us to remember the cross. Not only for the sacrifice of your son, but for the freedom it provides. Help us to honor your word and fulfill your purposes – Help us to serve. Make us new. Help us to offer undeserved kindness to others, just as we received it from you,  Let it be said of us, that we were marked by forgiveness, we were known by our love, and delighted in meekness. Rule us with your peace, unite us, so that, as one, Christ would be seen by all who we interact with. Let the cross be our glory. Amen.

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