“For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.” – Romans 11:36 The reality and goal of this universe is the glory […]
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Romans 5:1 With only one life to live, one must ask […]
“For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, […]
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” – Ephesians […]
“… And He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you […]
“For it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking. It has been testified somewhere, ‘What is man, that you are mindful of […]
While the fruits of the Spirit may be a good sound bite in shallow conversation, they require a deeper level of understanding if the harvest is to be bountiful. The truth is, living out the fruits of the Spirit mean dying to self – so much so that we are no longer concentrated on the fruit of what we can produce. Instead, we stay focused on Christ and we walk in His Spirit. As we walk, we see Christ made manifest in us.
We abandon these human shells in exchange for the glory that is the call to follow in the steps of One so precious. We sell all that we own to buy the field with hidden treasure and we do so joyfully (Matthew 13:44). We follow in the steps of Jesus and die with Him so that He might live in us (Galatians 2:20). Giving anything less is foolishness.
The Hawaiians consider Aloha to mean more than hello and goodbye. It conveys a spirit of compassion and peace – a prescription for how to live. This was our Aloha.
Living for the flesh results in blindness to what the Spirit has to offer. Those living this way are incapable of seeing and comprehending the joys and riches that exist through living for Christ and through the Spirit. What an utterly terrifying reality that is! However, although they are blinded, they are by no means trapped. Because of the cross of Christ, confusion and hostility towards God are capable of being broken; through the Spirit we are bestowed understanding of how to please and live for the Lord.
While slavery to the Law tells us that our salvation is contingent upon our action, freedom tells us that our salvation is placed in the unfailing hands of Christ. In that truth, we walk freely in obedience, submitting daily to the Holy Spirit that produces good fruit within those whom he dwells (Galatians 5:22&23). This kind of obedience produces neither pride nor insecurity, but humility and gratitude before Jesus Christ, who took a slave that was flailing under the burden of condemnation and set him free under the banner of grace.