Theme of the Week: Down-to-Earth Godliness
Thursday, June 26, 2014
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Key Bible Verse: The life you see me living is not "mine," but it is lived by faith in the Son of God. (Galatians 2:20, The Message)
Dig Deeper: Galatians 2:16-21
Jesus came to model a new way to be human. We miss the Incarnation when we view Jesus only through his death on the cross instead of through his life in the neighborhood. Incarnational living isn't about trying to deny our humanness and appear godly. It is about humbly walking among our friends and letting them see how God is changing our humanness.
Thus, to be incarnational and live an incarnational life, you've got to settle the issue of your identity in Jesus. You are his, and every part of your life is under redemptive renovation. Yes, your sinful life, if left unredeemed, will cause every area of your life to be depraved—but you as a person are not totally depraved. You were created in God's image, you are redeemed, and your sin is removed; thus, your life will always reflect some of the glorious work of God. As Psalm 139:14 says, you are "fearfully and wonderfully made" (NIV). That means your general design is awesome! Let's start there.
So don't hide your humanness or leave the playing field because you don't feel you've got it all figured out. The more Jesus lives in and through you, the better the reflection; so start right where you are. Start with who you are.
—Hugh Halter in Flesh
My Response: What are some steps I can take to allow Christ to live more fully in and through me?
Thought to Apply: Not only do we not know God except through Jesus Christ; we do not even know ourselves except through Jesus Christ.—Blaise Pascal (French physicist, philosopher, writer)
Adapted from Flesh by Hugh Halter. Copyright ©2014 by Hugh Halter. Flesh is published by David C Cook. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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Prayer for the Week
Lord, please help me to not try to be holy in my own strength, but instead lean on the power of Christ's death and resurrection.
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