April 16, 2007

Of Masks and Men

Our home group meeting last night was pretty amazing. There were 23 of us there. We discussed the second study in the Virtual series our church is doing. Nancy and I started this group 1 year ago. We had a few couples who came for a while, then disappeared. We had one couple who stuck it out with us, and are still with us. Then in January we had a 'growth spurt.' New people kept showing up. In fact, last night we even had two new couples join us!

The discussion last night was great. People shared from their hearts. We talked about the masks we wear around others. Why do we feel like we have to defend our actions and choices to others? Galatians 1:10 helps us remember where our focus should be. We were reminded that we often forget whose we are. We are not trying to please other men (at least, we shouldn't.) We should be concerned with pleasing God.

Galatians 2:20 is an amazing verse. "I have been crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live." It is an amazing mystery, to try and fathom the depth of the meaning of this verse. That I, a sinner, separated from God, have been crucified with Christ. And the life I live I am not living, but Christ is living in me! If we could just believe this, and live our lives in this manner, allowing Christ to have the control, we would be free, we would be bold, we would be on fire for Him and His Kingdom!

Do you belong to Christ? Then quit trying to please men! Allow Christ to have control of your life, and live your life to the fullest!

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