Disconnect | Galatians 5:21
Disconnect. Total. There’s no Life along this path. How many times do I need to say it? How many times do you need to hear it? How many times do you need to see it? You won’t find the queue here of those lining up for the all the goods of God’s Kingdom. Dead end. Game over.
Galatians 5:21 | MAV
It’s so easy to relate to the works of the flesh and the fruit of the Spirit as a moralistic list of do’s and don’t’s. Don’t do any of these things, because if you do, you won’t get into God’s whole heaven party thing. Do these things, because if you do, you’ll qualify. That’s actually quite the religious take on these, and we have become expert practioners and expositors of it. And it doesn’t give us, or anyone else, one bit of life. Not one bit. Something much deeper and significant is surfacing in these lists. Patterns, momemtums of connection and disconnection. The entire Bible story is the story of humanity starting utterly connected – connected with God, with each other, with creation; then comes dramatic disconnection in Genesis 3; then in Genesis 4 through the end of Malachi that disconnection deepens; with the appearance of Jesus in the Gospels connection is reestablished; Acts through Revelation 20 shows that reestablished connection deepening; Revelation 21-22 is a portrait of that fully integrated connection Scripture calls the Kingdom of God. All of us are experiencing a primary momentum of either connection or disconnection. The works of the flesh evidence the latter. Paul is giving us the simple heads up reminder that we cannot continue to embrace a darkening momentum of disconnection from God, creation, and others (and ourselves!), and then expect eternity to reveal dynamic connection. As Maximus calls out to his men prior to battle, “What we do in life echoes in eternity.” “Amen,” says Paul.
What do you think of this perspective of the Bible story being all about connection and disconnection? Which momentum do you see in evidence in your life? Why?
Lord Jesus, let me never lose connection with you, with life. Awaken me from paths of disconnection and death. Chase those rhythms out of me, for I am powerless to charm them away. Claim my life, all of it, for the kingdom you are, even now, bringing into this world.
The whole text this week is Galatians 5:16-26. Read it daily in it’s entirety from a few different translations if possible.
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