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.

Galatians 1:23 What Report Are They Hearing?

They only heard the report: “The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.” Galatians 1:23

Reports come out about famous people all the time. They talk about what the person is doing. Often the news is about something negative that occurred, drunk driving, drugs, divorce or more.

Rarely is the news about a complete change of character or actions. Most people do not go through a change of lifestyle large enough for people to sit up and take sudden notice of it. Usually it is a slow gradual change, if there is any.

Paul says that the people in the churches of Judea did not know him at all, but had heard reports about him. Those reports were that he was a completely different person.

Every person has a report about them. People who have met them do talk about them. The question is what are they saying? For the majority of people, life is always the same, day after day, year after year. There are very few major changes in their lives.

There are very few things in their lives that stick out as amazing or to catch the attention of everyone else. Most often the major change is a marriage/divorce, birth of a child, a new job, or a new move to a new location. Very seldom is it a change of character.

The person who becomes a believer, should go through a complete change of character. He is becoming a new creation in Jesus Christ. The old ways of thinking and doing things are to be gone.

This should be such a change that people are talking about it. While many believers don’t really change and still look like the world, the true believer should. He should have a complete change of character that has people noticing.

Take a moment to look at your life and listen to what people are saying about you. Is there a complete, radical change in your life that can be seen by others? Or do you still look and act like the world?

Allow God’s Holy Spirit to fill you and change you from the inside out. Become a new creation in Christ Jesus that will turn heads and get people to talking.

Do not allow yourself to look and act like the world, but to look and act like Jesus.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will guide you in turning away from the world and sin; that people will see you are a follower of Jesus; and that God will create you into a new creation.

Romans 11:21 Be A Live Branch

For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either. Romans 11:21

Those who grow fruit trees keep a close eye upon the tree. They are looking at the branches to determine which branches are producing fruit and which branches are dead and not producing fruit.

Any branch that does not produce fruit is cut of and thrown away. This is done to give the good branches more nutrition to produce even more.

Many businesses do this with their workers. Any worker that does not produce is often let go after a warning to produce correctly.

After describing Israel as the natural branches of a tree that was cut off by God because of unbelief, Paul describes believers in Jesus as branches grafted into the tree. These new believers need to believe and produce fruit, or they will also be cut off.

It is common to hear of people who have become believers and refuse to give up sinful habits. Many churches teach that people can stay as they are, preaching God’s grace and love, but not talking about what He requires of His people, to live holy lives.

Some will state that once a believer, one cannot lose his salvation, that it is for eternity, no matter how he lives.

Belief in Jesus is what saves a person, however, God requires that the person become a new creation, to turn away from sin and produce fruit. The producing of fruit is not to save a person, but to show gratefulness for the salvation God has given him.

If God was willing to cut off Israel from His salvation, because of their unbelief and refusing to live for Him, He will also cut off people today for the same reasons.

Every believer must strive to live for God and turn from sin, producing fruit worthy of what Jesus has done for them.

If you consider yourself a believer in Jesus and are saved, examine your life. Ask yourself if you are producing fruit or if you are a dead branch. This can be seen in your life if you are turning away from sin.

Make progress on a regular basis to change sinful habits and be His witness. Be who Jesus has saved you to be, a new creation that produces fruit for God’s kingdom, not a dead branch that will be cut off.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will do what God has called you to be; that you will produce fruit for God’s kingdom; and that God will not have to cut you off.

Mark 5:8 What Is Your Name?

Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” “My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” Mark 5:8

Names are used all the time by people all over the world. It is one thing that is common with every person, in every nation. Names are what helps identify a person as to who he is.

Alongside of names are also titles that people are given. Titles are a secondary way of identifying a person. Often titles refer more to what they do or can do, rather than who they are. Many people are more concerned about their title name, than their personal name. Titles give them status.

Jesus met a man who was demon possessed. The first thing Jesus asked was what his name was. The man gave the name of ‘Legion’, because they were many demons in him.

While some believers are against names or titles, God does give them out. It is a title that identifies a person as to whether he is a believer or not. The name of every believer is written in the palm of God’s hand and He knows every one by name.

Not only does every believer have their own personal names, God has given each one some names. Some names that God gives every believer are: child of God, saved, redeemed, warrior, forgiven, family, beloved, heir with Christ and many more.

These names can encourage a believer and strengthen him. The world will try to give him a different name, the name of his past. But God’s naming allows the world to know who he is.

However, none of these names are given, if the person does not accept and follow Christ Jesus and what He did. The person must become a new creation to receive the new names.

As a believer God has done many new things in your life. The greatest is that you are forgiven and are now a part of His eternal family. You now carry God’s name on you.

Although your personal name is good and important, it is more important that people know you by the name God has given you. Do not be ashamed to tell people that you are saved, forgiven, a child of God and much, much more.

Hold on to the truth of who you are in Christ Jesus. You are no longer a child of this fallen world, but a child in God’s family. Live by the name God has given you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the names God has given you; that you will be a changed person in Christ Jesus; and that you will live your life by God’s standards.