Tuesday, April 01, 2008

No Foolin'!

Given that this is April Fool's Day 2008, I thought it would be good to deal with an aspect of foolishness. Really. No kidding!

Last, week my sermon dealt with the Holy Spirit. Who He is -- God. What His focus is -- glorifying Jesus Christ. What His role is today -- to convict the world, convert the believing sinner, and to conform us to the likeness of God's Son. A lot to cover in a sermon...but it was done, albeit in a truncated form.

This week I felt it important to discuss a little more about what this all means for us as followers of Jesus Christ the Lord of all. What it mean to "Walk in the Spirit?" (Galatians 5:16)

In keeping with the April Fool's theme I take us to another portion of Galatians, a section that often is not directly connected with the portion on walking in the Spirit, that is Galatians 6:7-8. The Apostle Paul writes,
Do not be deceived (don't fool yourself), God is not mocked (not fooled by you). People reap what they sow. Those who sow to please their sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; those who sow to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
Sadly, I find that too often we really don't believe the above truth from God's Word. We feel that we can both fool ourselves and fool God and without an dire consequences. I know I have sometimes lived under this very foolish and deadly notion!

In the 5th chapter of Galatians we are told to walk, be led, live and keep in step with the Spirit, and then there is the admonition to "be filled with the Spirit" in Ephesians 5:18. In other words, it is of critical importance to our daily life to stay intimately connected to the Holy Spirit. Note that is these verses there is a part that we play in living by the Spirit. Not only are we the ones who are to walk, live, and be filled, but we are also the ones to live a life that has nothing to do with the sinful nature. We are reminded that old way of life has been crucified with Christ. (Galatians 5:24) Not only should it not be part of us, it is not part of us, therefore is is ultimately foolish for us to partake in that old way of life. It's wrong in so many ways.

So, let us not be fools, using our God-given and God-blessed freedom to live for ourselves and to mangle God's grace, but let us be wise redeeming the day.

Any thoughts, O wizened ones?

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