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.
~ Galatians 2:20-21
Jurassic Park Ride – Universal Studios
We cannot always tell what is around every corner, often we cannot see clearly. We don’t know where the road might lead, even if we think we know where we are going, especially here on earth. Sometimes we think it’s over, and the journey has just begun.
We know the hand that guides us, we know the Spirit breathes in us, even when we cannot see for the “fog”. It is so hard to go forward sometimes, when the way we have always done it is so much more comfortable. The old man, the old woman is passed away, and behold, all things are new!
Jesus has walked there before us. Listen. Can you hear the sound of footsteps just beyond? The swish of sand, the sounds of living water? That is where we are headed.
Precious Lord, help me to listen, to rely on the guide-map of the Spirit, knowing your word, and proceeding by faith on this uncertain path that leads to Heaven.
Because of Him,