08 Jul Galatians 5:4-5 Receive Righteousness #279
Can you imagine having to follow a set of rules to be accepted and loved? What if you had to check a bunch of boxes to receive gifts from Jesus? It sure does sound miserable, doesn’t it?
Last week on In Due Time blog I shared Galatians 5:1 and today I want to continue with this topic of freedom by sharing Galatians 5:4-5 which says, “For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God’s grace. But we who live by the Spirit eagerly wait to receive by faith the righteousness God has promised to us.”
Paul does not beat around the bush with this verse. He tells us that if we try to make ourselves right with God then we cut ourselves off from him. Why? Because you can’t earn your way into something that has already been given to you. Jesus has already paid a price to gift you with righteousness and your works do nothing in the end except block you from receiving this free gift.
So how can you receive righteousness? It won’t be by focusing on what you need to do. Instead it will be denying all the things of the flesh, including the set of rules, otherwise known as legalism. Once you stop trying to earn God’s gifts in your own strength and put away your check-list and long set of rules, then you will be able to receive what God has promised through the Holy Spirit.
Isn’t God so good? He is not after a to-do list or routines, but he is after a relationship with you. Don’t let religion get in the way of your relationship with him. Access the Spirit that is within you and receive by faith the beautiful gift of righteousness God has promised you!
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