Wednesday, May 12, 2010


But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely. Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified. Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original (Galatians 5:22-26 MSG).

Before you answer the questions, remember that doing this isn’t just a checklist. It isn’t just something you have to do. Start by asking God to reveal something to you. Put your focus and motivation to read and answer the questions on God.

Now read back through the passage again and ask yourself:
• What does this passage show me about God?
• What does this passage show me about who I am, how I think, how I’m made?
• What does this passage show me about loving other people?
• How can I do what these verses are challenging me to do in a way that shows people that I love them and also lets people see how much God loves them?