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What Counts

What Counts

07 November 2009

Scripture:

It doesn’t make any difference now whether we have been circumcised or not. What counts is whether we really have been changed into new and different people. (Galatians 6:15 NLT)

Paul’s letter to the Galatians is the definitive document on Law vs Grace, Faith vs Works, and Spirit vs Carnal Nature. Paul addresses a specific error, that of believing that it was necessary to be circumcised according to Jewish law, in addition to faith in Christ, to be right with God.

Then in Galatians 5:17 he writes some very helpful things about the conflict we live with, the daily battle we fight in all our decisions as we choose between the old selfish sinful nature and the Holy Spirit who lives in us. Galatians 5:19-23 compares the results in our lives of yielding to the sinful nature or responding to the Holy Spirit.

17 The old sinful nature loves to do evil, which is just opposite from what the Holy Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are opposite from what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, and your choices are never free from this conflict. (Galatians 5:17 NLT)

Paul sums up the whole thing in Galatians 6:15, “What counts is whether we really have been changed into new and different people.”

I am drawn to simple statements that sum up complex issues. This is simple. There’s no question that the issues addressed in Galatians are complex. But this is simple. “What counts is whether I’ve been changed.”
• What counts is whether I’m being changed in and by my responses to the opportunities, temptations, and challenges I face every day.
• What counts is whether I’m progressively responding more to the Holy Spirit’s leading or the pressures to yield to the old sinful nature.
• What counts is whether I am becoming more Christ-like and less me-self-ego-like in my attitude and actions. That’s what counts.

Prayer:

Father, thanks for being so patient with me. I’ve got a long way to go, but I’m committed to finishing the journey. Holy Spirit, keep prompting me to live more your way and less my way. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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