“No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a person’s praise is not from other people, but from God.” Romans 2:29
Some of the people in the church were telling new believers that they must become a Jew in order to be a true believer. Part of that was that the person had to become circumcised. They looked at that as a requirement to really serve God correctly. Paul comes against this type of thinking.
People love to have rules, especially if it is easy for them to follow. They will expect others to follow those same rules. Circumcision was one of the rules the Jews loved to follow and require of all others to be a Jew. Paul points out that having a circumcision does not make you a Jew. It is also the change that must occur in the heart.
In the workplace there will be people who will follow all of the rules, outwardly, that the boss makes, but on the inside is grumbling and rebelling against the boss. They will go around complaining about the rules. Yes, they are following the rules physically, but their heart is not in it.
How often does a person claim to follow Jesus, yet harbors sinful thoughts in their hearts and minds? This is not truly following Jesus.
When you follow Jesus, there should be a circumcision of the heart. This is a cutting out of sin and the desires for sin in your heart. Only God can really do this by His Holy Spirit, but you must allow Him to do so.
Where is your heart today? Are you following God in your heart? Or are you just following God with outward actions, appearing to be following Him?
Are you just physically circumcised? Or has your heart been circumcised?
Allow Jesus to change you from the inside out. Do not just follow the written code. Love and serve God with your whole heart, mind, body and soul.
I pray today that you will allow God’s Holy Spirit to circumcise your heart; that you will fully follow Jesus with all of your heart; that you will not just be a follower of Jesus outwardly; and that God will receive all the praise for who and what you are.