"So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free and don't get tied up again in slavery to the law. Listen! I, Paul, tell you this: If you are counting on circumcision to make you right with God, then Christ will be of no benefit to you. I'll say it again. If you are trying to find favor with God by being circumcised, you must obey every regulation in the whole law of Moses. For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God's grace. But we who live by the Spirit eagerly wait to receive by faith the righteousness God has promised to us. For when we place our faith in Christ Jesus, there is no benefit in being circumcised or being uncircumcised. What is important is faith expressing itself in love." Galatians 5:1-6
I know this is talking a lot about earning our way. I don't want to be a slave to the law. I realize I am saved by God's grace. Robert Morris said it really well in one of his sermons. He said we don't earn our way to heaven but once we are saved by grace we do earn rewards in Heaven through our works. Makes a lot of sense. We sew seeds here and reap rewards in Heaven. We are happy to do things for Christ, Jesus said to preach the gospel to the world. That's important! How selfish can I be to forget that at times? I have heard God's message my whole life. I need, need, need to spread the message. But I know I wouldn't be doing it to KEEP my salvation. I already am! But how selfish would that be if I didn't?
Jesus, please help me not to be a slave to the law. Help me to enjoy life as you intended. There is joy in living for you. It shouldn't be this mind hassle I go through. I pray that you would bring Your Word alive in me. Amen.