Today's Lectionary Text
And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.
Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.
We all have obligations in our lives that need to be met. Some are important, some not so important, yet when we have an obligation that needs to be met then we do what it takes to meet it. Some of our obligations are to our family, some to work and church, sometimes to a friend or even to ourselves. As we go through life, we try to limit our obligations so that whatever the obligation, it is met and not neglected, forgotten or physically unable to follow through on. We like to have closure in our lives, and fulfilling an obligation is a completion of that closure.
The scripture lesson today talks about an obligation that is more important than any other obligation that we might have. It is an obligation to live according to the Spirit of God. Living by the spirit instead of the flesh it is a sign that we are the children of God.
For us to discern the difference of living by the flesh and living by the spirit, we can recognize that that through the spirit we receive a true and complete life that brings us the joy of the Lord and not the sorrows of living a life according to this world which only brings a false sense of hope that ultimately ends in eternal death. Let us choose God’s light and live by the spirit.
Pastor, Bucklin UMC
Prayer for Reflection
Dear God, we desire to live by the Spirit and not the flesh. We pray for the strength, wisdom and knowledge to follow your spirit. Amen.
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