Living With God Instead of Doing For Him

Our Galatians group was together last night after a long time of missing each other with various trips, commitments and surgeries over the summer. It was good to be together again. Picking up in Galatians 3 last night we came across this jewel:

”The person who lives in right relationship with God does it by embracing what God arranges for him. Doing things for God is the opposite of entering into what God has for you. Galatians 3:11-12 (The MESSAGE)

People who take it upon themselves to do something for God will find themselves often working against his very purpose in their own lives. What we seek to do for him is usually based on our agenda or our best wisdom. Paul offers us something so much different here. Instead of trying to do what we think God wants, let’s live by embracing what God arranges for us each day. God is in the simplest, most immediate details of our life, inviting us to him and wanting to show us how to live free in the midst of life as it comes at us.

God will put things in our path today. By entering into his work we will find the fruitfulness of the kingdom. But if we are too set on our agenda, we’ll walk right over the things that God is doing and never even know it.

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  1. Wes August 18, 2004 at 6:33 pm

    ?We dare not summons God to facilitate our purpose. For in doing so, we work against Him,

    rather than with Him, for His purpose. God does not have “a plan for my life.” The Plan, the

    Purpose, and the Life are all His. It is for this we have been born and to this we conform. (John

    14, Romans 8)

    Christ in me salutes Christ in you !

  2. Wes August 18, 2004 at 9:33 pm

    ?We dare not summons God to facilitate our purpose. For in doing so, we work against Him,

    rather than with Him, for His purpose. God does not have “a plan for my life.” The Plan, the

    Purpose, and the Life are all His. It is for this we have been born and to this we conform. (John

    14, Romans 8)

    Christ in me salutes Christ in you !

  3. eddie August 19, 2004 at 12:48 am

    Yeah – when will we finally get the fact that He is GOD????

    Lovely thoughts

    In the Son

    😉

  4. eddie August 19, 2004 at 3:48 am

    Yeah – when will we finally get the fact that He is GOD????

    Lovely thoughts

    In the Son

    😉

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