The Path We Are On

The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not. 
 
    ~ George Bernard Shaw
 
20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God,who loved me and gave himself for me.
 
    ~ Galatians 2:20
 
I use Biblegateway quite a lot for its daily scripture, ease of finding a parallel translation, commentary and other links.  This morning, in pulling up Eugene Peterson’s The Message, reading his translation of this Bible verse staple really opened this verse for me.  I hope it will do the same for you.  It gave me permission to step away from keeping up appearances for the sake of others, and refocusing on Christ.  This includes being laid low, and being lifted up.  It includes doing what folks expect, instead of what the Spirit of God is leading you to do.  So rather than further expound on it, I am including Galatians in Peterson’s translation:
 

Galatians2:19-21 What actually took place is this: I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work. So I quit being a “law man” so that I could be God’s man. Christ’s life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that.

Is it not clear to you that to go back to that old rule-keeping, peer-pleasing religion would be an abandonment of everything personal and free in my relationship with God? I refuse to do that, to repudiate God’s grace. If a living relationship with God could come by rule-keeping, then Christ died unnecessarily.

 

It helped me to realize again, that I must follow the path that the Lord has set, not the one that pleases man or mammon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CO-LWtmQ8kw

Help Me Find It – Sidewalk Prophets

Because of Him,

Linda

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