"And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires."
Galatians 5:24 (NRSV)
Prodigal Thoughts: Why is it so difficult to steer clear of sin? I mean, we are told in Galatians 5:1 that it is for freedom that Christ has set us free. What makes worldly ways so tempting? I guess because sin (no matter what kind of sin it is) is usually instantly gratifying. We get to experience whatever high or distance or pleasure and we get to forget about the world around us. We can choose to be selfish and can put our problems on hold for a little while. Following Jesus is typically NOT instantly gratifying, probably because followers of Jesus are to consider others before themselves. True believers cannot live in a self-centered way and still serve God. The good news is that the trade off is so much better than living in sin. We can serve God by serving others. The satisfaction of serving someone else whether they act like they appreciate it or not, helps to create that positive reinforcement that fuels the next act of service to both God and our fellow humans. Over time, our passions and desires become a reflection of God’s passions and desires.
Prayer for today: Father, we praise You for making a way for us to serve You and Your kingdom. May You open our eyes to see opportunities to serve You by serving others around us. I pray that we would live boldly and speak clearly the gospel of Your son, Jesus. May You empower us to live lives that are pleasing to You. Amen.
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God’s grace on you…
Prodigal Mike ~Mike
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