The Winner Is…

If you pick up after yourself, you will not have a messy, cluttered house.

If you put fuel in your car, you will not run out of gas.

If you buy groceries, you will not run out of food.

If you pay you bills on time, you will not be called by creditors.

If you walk by the Spirit, you will not gratify the desires of the flesh (Galatians 5:16).

I am sure you are aware the truth within the opposite of each of the previous statements.  If you don’t do this, than you will obtain this.

I am also sure none of us seek out a cluttered house, an empty gas tank, empty cabinets or creditors calling.  However, in some cases it happens.  It seems people stumble into those circumstances.  You’ve heard the stories about loads of debt with nothing to show for it; maybe that is part of your story.

As followers of Jesus, we probably don’t seek out gratifying the desires of the flesh.  Yet, we are guilty as charged.  The desires of the flesh are described as our ability to reason, justify and act on something that contrasts the nature of God.

In other words, if we have to work as convincing ourselves something is okay, we are working against the nature of God and gratifying the desires of the flesh.

If you read Galatians 5:16-26, you will read about the constant battle that our brains endure.  According to the Bible, we have two options.  The first option always struggles against the nature of God.  The second option always submits to the nature of God that we bear.

Verse 26 provides a simple measurement for which option we choose daily.  “Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.”

If we are conceited, we think we’re better than other people.  We certainly are not practicing goodness, kindness, gentleness and patience.

If we are provoking one another, we are discarded love, peace and self-control.

If we are envying one another, we have misplaced our joy and our faithfulness.

I’m often reminded that Ephesians 5:21 flows throughout these verses in Galatians.  The verse says we to submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

If we claim to follow Jesus, the winner in our lives should always be Christ.  That’s the goal.  I’m sure I fail daily and so do you.  Are we seeking Christ to win in our lives?

Are we seeking to walk by the Spirit?  If we are not intentional about choosing love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, then they won’t show up in our lives.  Remember, your dishes don’t wash themselves.  The laundry doesn’t put itself in the washing machine.  The toilet doesn’t scrub itself.

My own questions this week have dealt with what is winning in my life and what am I seeking out.  So I ask you the same thing.

Is submission to the Spirit of God winning in your life this week?  If not, what is the conversation going on in your head that is contrasting the nature of God?

You are loved!