Galatians 6:15 All That Really Matters

Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation. Galatians 6:15

Every person has an idea what is most important in every situation. Each person’s idea of what is most important can be very different. The focal point is what is different.

Some will focus on wealth, while others will focus on position or title. Some will focus on self, while others will focus upon family or others.

Depending upon a person’s point of view, will depend upon what the person is willing to say is most important.

After discussing about laws and what to obey, Paul says that neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything. The whole point is a new creation.

Everywhere a person goes there are lots of different regulations or laws governing what a person can and cannot do. There is guidance as to how things are to be done or not to be done. Following the laws often shows the person is a good person.

In the church, there have been many laws established. Most of which are man-made laws to make people look good. Many of these laws do not really have any effect upon a person’s heart with God.

The real sign of whether one believes in God and follows Jesus or not is seen in being a new creation. The follower of Jesus must be someone who has become a new person.

He must be willing to give up his old ways of sin and live his life as Jesus lived His. If one does not become a new creation, his following or not following the law does not really mean anything at all.

The new creation will love and serve God and others from the heart, not out of obligation or law. God’s law will be written upon his heart, not just the mind.

As you go through life, you must ask yourself why you obey the laws that you do. If your heart is not right before God and things are done with the right motive, all your obedience to the law means nothing and is worthless.

Allow God’s Holy Spirit to come upon you and change you from the inside out. Allow God to make you into a new creation that loves and serves God from the heart and not out of duty.

Are you the living dead in the law? Or are you a new creation in Christ Jesus?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be a new creation in Christ Jesus; that you will love and serve God from the heart; that you will do everything out of love for God; and that you will allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide and change you.

Acts 23:1 Are You Fulfilling Your Duty?

Paul look straight at the Sanhedrin and said, “My brothers, I have fulfilled my duty to God in all good conscience to this day.” Acts 23:1

When a person hears the term ‘duty’, he often thinks of someone in the military or someone in a service position. Those in those positions are expected to have and fulfill a duty of service towards or for others.

To some degree, every person has a duty to fulfill. Most have a duty to work and pay their bills. Others have a duty to care for family members. All have a duty to take care not to harm others around them.

Paul was being tried by the Sanhedrin for preaching the gospel message. The first thing he tells them that he has fulfilled his duty to God as far as he can tell.

Every believer has the same duties that the world has, plus more. There is one duty that rises above every other duty on this earth–their duty towards God.

From the beginning of creation, God called men and women to a duty of service and relationship. Every person is called to a duty of having and building his relationship with God. In the process of building that relationship and out of love for God, he has a duty to obey every command of God–the service.

These two go hand in hand and cannot be separated. Jesus came to save people for these duties. In the process of obeying God, one will turn from sin, be a witness, and disciple new believers. This is fulfilling all that Jesus came to accomplish upon this earth.

Believers must examine themselves and see if they are actually fulfilling their duty to God. If they are not fulfilling it, they are fulfilling the duty to this world and sin.

As a believer, God has called you also to build your relationship with Him and to obey Him. He has a job for you to do upon this earth. It may be completely different then those around you, or very similar, but it is one that only you can accomplish.

Part of that duty is in building your relationship with Him. The other part is to be His witness and do His work upon this earth while you can. Ask yourself if you have fulfilled your duty to God in all good conscience. If not, it is time to start.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will grow closer to God each day; that you will be His witness; that you will disciple others in Jesus; and that you will fulfill your duty to God.

Isaiah 29:13 How Do You Worship God?

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The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” Isaiah 29:13 

Actions are something that are easy to do, but can fool many people. Just as with a magician doing a card trick as he makes it appear that the card appeared out of no where by magic, actions can appear to be with good intent. In the same way as the trick, actions are not always with the right heart.

People will often do certain things only because they are forced to do them, not because they want to do them. The actions are not really coming from the heart.

Isaiah has a prophecy against a city that has a set of actions that do not match up to their heart. God states that the people are quick to come to Him in word, but not with their heart.

It is easy for a person to claim to believe in and follow Jesus. It is easy for a person to go to church on Sunday and look good to the rest of the world. Doing these things can appear to most people that the person is a believer and is following God correctly.

The reason they can think this, is that man cannot see into the heart. Surface actions do not always reveal what is in the heart.

There are many people who go to church every Sunday, claiming to be a believer, but do not spend a moment with God outside of church. They never read the Bible, witness or pray. They have no relationship with God. It is all about appearance.

The true believer will worship God with full heart and spirit. Living for God will be something he wants to do, not something he has to do. It is all about the heart, not the actions. Actions will follow the heart.

Think about why you claim to believe in Jesus, then think about how you show that you believe in Jesus. Are you believing just to look good? Or are you doing it out of great love for God because of His great love for you?

Let everything that you say and do for God be done from the heart out of love. Do not let it just be a ritual or habit. Be alive in your worship of God with your whole life.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will love God with all of your heart; that you will do things out of love for God; and that you will honor God with your heart.