Colossians: Day 5

He Made You Alive

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Today's Text: Colossians 2:8-15, Matthew 15:1-9, Romans 7:4

And when you were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive with Him and forgave us all our trespasses.

- Colossians 2:13 -

Text: Colossians 2:8-15, Matthew 15:1-9, Romans 7:4

Have you ever seen a throw pillow with something like “sticky baseboards and messy laundry means you really love your family” embroidered on it? That kind of talk really burns my buttons. I like to think there is a direct correlation between clean floors and a well-loved family. I feel this so strongly, I have tried to enforce daily cleaning chores.

EVERYONE MUST CLEAN, I declare, and start drilling my six-year-olds on sanitation protocols and urging my four-year-old to truly attend to the crumbs under the chair legs. By the time the house is clean, my oldest is a griefy mess and my long-suffering husband wishes I could have just let well enough alone. I am a ridiculous Faires-Pharisee about the whole thing. (My last name is Faires. Sometimes the pun is a little too close for comfort.)

When all is said and done, my house is very clean, doggone it. But my people are all wilted and miserable. In my passion to love my family by working together and making our home clean, I can totally miss the point of loving my family. I get all turned around and fixated on the sticky floors and the messy laundry instead of the people. Clean floors are so awesome, but in getting there, I lose sight of why we clean floors in the first place—for people.

The folks in Colossae were missing the point too. It’s so easy to do. They were fixated on checking off their boxes on their salvation to-do list. Those guys couldn’t let go of their idea of how salvation ought to be achieved—through the law. So instead of looking up from their busy law-attending to see the true freedom given through Christ, they created more and more rules for themselves.

The Colossians believed their salvation was incomplete without a little extra action on their part. In effect, they were saying, Christ did a great job and all, sure, but we still need to hustle and bustle to complete the salvation package. But this is not only exhausting, it’s heresy (Galatians 2:16).

Paul said we are complete in Christ. Christ erased the certificate of debt (Colossians 2:14). We can’t erase our own debt, but Christ wiped away everyone’s outstanding balance in one fell stroke. We couldn’t pay our own debt because we were dead in our trespasses.

We can’t climb out of our own graves by trying really hard—we are dead. Jesus quotes the prophet Isaiah in Matthew 15:8 when he reminds us:

“These people honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. They worship Me in vain, teaching as doctrines the commands of men.”

What simultaneous censure and freedom is found in these words! Don’t worry, Christ has already fulfilled the law for you. So keep your britches on and don’t go out and create your own pseudo rules for salvation.

Therefore, my brothers, you also were put to death in relation to the law through the crucified body of the Messiah, so that you may belong to another—to Him who was raised from the dead—that we may bear fruit for God.
- Romans 7:4

Gimme that embroidered on a pillow!

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  • ed sheeran first song

    Just as good as your last post. I wish I had your blogging style.

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  • Thank you so much for sharing this! I’m really late in doing this study, but it’s exactly what I need right now!

  • I am beginning to think that my late start to this reading plan was divine intervention. I have been struggling with some of the themes noted in the daily devotions. My mind has been burdened with lies and insecurities. I have questioned and thought of earning grace, “check-lists” of faith, and falling out of the favor of Christ. It has been a struggle to remain joyful and thankful. You would think that I would have this stuff down after being saved for 20+ years. This study has met me right where I am, reminding me that I can nothing to “earn” favor, salvation, or grace. Those three things are glorious free gifts given by an amazing, merciful and patient Lord and Savior. Thank you for your words and helping me to rediscover the joy and honor it is to serve God and others around me so they may see good fruit and glorify my Lord in heaven.

  • My heart has been blessed. Thank you all so very much for you gracious and overflowing prayers and advice. This outpouring is filling a part of my heart that has been empty for sometime. Blessings to you all for the out pouring of your hearts.

  • I just had a baby. Three weeks ago, I was four days over due date, bags packed and ready to go. My hubby and I had primed our four year old daughter in regard to what was imminent to occur. My mom was staying with us, ready to take the reigns with our oldest when the time came. A few days later, at 41 weeks pregnant, labor was induced and God blessed us with another beautiful miracle, a daughter.

    We brought her home, all the visiting family returned back to their lives and here we were a family a four left to our vices. We moved to a new area in July so we really do not have any friends that would constitute us asking their assistance.

    Why do I mention all this: Well, I’m having a rough time. I want my family to have breakfast together in the morning. I want assistance in cleaning the house. I want stuff to be put back in it’s original home, not piled in a corner. I want basic “chores” done before anyone (including my husband – who feels since it’s bow hunting season, he should be outside) steps foot outside to “play.”

    I feel my requests are small: make beds, put on clean clothes, put dirty clothes in hamper, brush teeth, feed cat, put clean laundry away, keep toys picked up throughout the day (yes, the hubs bow and arrow is a “toy” not to be laid on half of the couch for later use). They aren’t big items but they create conflict.

    Now on to my true, real spiritual battle. I know that spending time with my family instead of getting caught up in the “weeds” and “sticky floors” of life; spending time on those relationships is the most important thing but my problem lies in how I literally, tangibly feel. When I have to put the peanut butter away for the 5th time that day, when my four years old is being louder than usual, when my husband looks at me with a pile of dirty dishes behind him, a crying baby and a pre-schooler that wants to paint or wants to loudly display her affection for you directly in your ear and says, “may I go hunting…” I get emotionally frustrated. In that moment I handle it but as soon as I’m alone I break down into tears. Sometimes the emotional wave is rough enough to want to throw a baseball as hard as I can through a window while screaming at the top of my lungs.!

    I know that when everyone and everything is tipsy turvy that I can surely rest in Jesus’s hope and strength. This lesson specifically popped out to me because of the analogy of the family and house work. I need prayer for His strength because these emotions are almost physically feeling at times to where my nerves are being rawly. Maybe it’s the postpartum hormones that are accentuating where I am emotionally, physically and mentally.

    I want to rest in Christ, to guard my heart, to keep my house running without the family fallout. Please pray for me in my emotional crazy mess.

    • Atemi

      Praying for you for sure! Xo

    • taime'

      father God the one who ordered the universe, set the world into motion, created us as individuals, put us in relationship as families, gave us free wills, WATCHED AS WE MADE A COMPLETE MESS OF EVERYTHING, then CLEANED UP OR MESS and restored order, INORDER TO BRING US BACK IN RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU GOD! we are lost without your salvation, grace and mercy. we are easily bumfuzzled by the everyday chaos of our lives. we can’t even control the natural processes of our bodies like birth and hormones. we admit to you that as your daughters, we want to please you with our lives and actions.
      thank you Papa for “ignoring how our houses look” and our feeble attempts to “straighten things up”. thank you for seeing only our hearts while we “just vent”, have a “good cry” and then curl up on our dusty couch, place our un-quaffed heads in your lap and rest in you,while you sing lullabies over us.
      father God, today I need these things and so does my younger “sissy” Beth. she’s really having a hard time, getting her chores done. so I just want to ask for her, that you take her on a daddy daughter date today and remind her of how you love her just as much as me “even when her room isn’t clean and her favorite dress is in the laundry pile with yesterdays spill on it. thanks Papa your the best…and Beth thinks so too! amen.

    • Kylee

      Beth I’m praying for you! That must be maddening & frustrating & sticky all at once. I’m praying for your support system to rise up; Lord please lead my sister Beth’s eyes to see the people around her who have hearts to serve you by helping her out! They are out there, God, connect their paths!

      Are you guys in a church at all? That has helped my family tremendously, just to know people who love God and want to be His hands & feet (and I’ve gotten to serve at our church in various ways too, so it’s been great for our family all around)! And ALL of these concerns and frustrations you have? Throw them at His feet! My father in law once told me, “PRAY, even when you’re mad, even when hurting, maybe you’re yelling it out but PRAY all the things that worry your heart & have you venting — PRAY them to our God because He hears you”… This might replace the baseball you want to hurl through a window :)

      As a side…Have you thought about asking your husband why he thinks it’s appropriate to hunting when the battle in your heart rages on at home? I’m sure you have, it’s just in my experience when I ask honest questions of my husband, it gets him to open up about WHY his actions are important to him…and also helps him see my side of things. If you’re doing this 100% on your own, that can hurt your self esteem long term so I really am praying the eyes of your husbands heart are open to all you do at home, may he find his place right alongside you, serving your children and attending their needs! And if not, our God is still good, and He will equip you with everything you need to raise these kids & still keep some sanity. All the prayers & love to you.

    • Cindy Barge

      Hi Beth,
      May I just say from my perspective having raised five kids that the days that you are in are some of the most difficult you will face. All the pink and blue and bows and pastel baby clothes blind us to the TOUGH SLOG that daily life with a newborn and pre-schoolers is – most certainly and definitely.
      May I offer a few ideas:
      When your husband asks you if he can go bow hunting, give clear direct honey-do’s that would help you mentally before he would go. “Honey, yes go ahead and go bow hunting but before you leave would you put the dishes in the dishwasher, wipe the tables and counters, scoop four-year-old’s toys into their bins, and wrestle with them or have a tea party with them for fifteen minutes to burn up some of their energy?” My men (four of my kids are boys) don’t understand things like “do the dishes” extends to also wiping the counters, and tables, and putting the food away, where it belongs, and pushing the chairs in, and wiping up the floor around the baby chair, and sweeping the floor. So be specific. He’s a hunter. He wants an achievable goal that can be clearly accomplished, finished, definitely ended.
      Or you may decide you are best at cleaning the kitchen but maybe they are good at vacuuming or sorting and bringing down the laundry. Choose other things that are on your list that is stressing you out that they can do.
      I spent years stressing about how my husband and four boys simply did not SEE what was stressing me out about our untidy house and taking appropriate helpful action. But after 28 years I’ve learned to simply ask for what I want to be done. I try to make calm requests and I say “Would you please . . . . “. Nicely. Sometimes I need to give them some ramping up time – minutes to finish watching or reading or device checking or even days notice so then I try to ask days ahead of when I need it done.
      It would be nice if they’d see things. It would be nice if they could read our minds. It would be nice if they took initiative and didn’t need to be asked. Yep, it would. They don’t see. They don’t read minds. They don’t take initiative. It’s simpler and less stress on you to calmly and clearly ask.

    • April M.

      Hi Beth!
      I just want to encourage you that you are not alone in these struggles! I have had similar challenges over the last year (even living in a new place with very few people to help). However, the Lord has so faithfully sustained me. Some days I don’t know how he will see me through it, but he always graciously does! And a wise friend gave me some sound counsel in regards to our husbands and when they don’t always fulfill our expectations. First, I must examine my own heart and ask God to show me my sin (because sometimes I am so angry with him that I am blinded to my own sin!). Second, remember who my enemy is. My husband is not my enemy; we wage war “against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12) I will be praying for you as I pray for myself!

    • LaDonna

      Beth, There are many great comments in this thread. I would only add that if you could find a believing postpartum doula to hire for a few hours over the next few weeks, you would probably be so encouraged!! If you cannot find a postpartum doula, then connecting with a friend from church who could recommend some kind of helper for you might open an opportunity for you to get some hands on support to help you over this critical time.

  • More than anything Jesus has been showing me how good He is. I try so hard to be enough- if I can just do everything perfectly, then I’ll be enough and I can maybe be worthy of salvation. And so when I inevitably mess it up and get it wrong, I feel shame and guilt pour over me. I messed it up again- I fell short, again. But I dont have to be perfect. The cross finished the striving. Now, we get to obey Jesus because we love Him and because we know Him to be good. We cannot earn our salvation, but we also dont have to. Our Father is good. He sets us free and gives of life! Jesus we thank you!

  • Cassandra

    Really liked this and the article. It was almost like “and there! That’s it!” While reading it all I can almost imagine someone snapping their fingers in the end :)

  • This is such a good refresher again that Christ already did everything. I’m so glad I have to contribute nothing…just rest and trust in Him!

  • Debbieinak

    Loved this: We can’t climb out of our own graves by trying really hard.

  • “He erased the certificate of debt.”
    No more debt, only great love.
    Debt. Unfortunately, we all have probably known or know earthly debt far too well. Credit cards, student loans, mortgages… statistically, I’ve heard it said, that we are the most indebted generation ever. And I can attest to my own fair share of debt.
    My debt stems from the fact that I value education. (We do tend to invest in things we value. How awesome that Christ values us that much, that He invested in our eternal freedom! That we willingly chose to pay the ultimate, sacrificial cost for us.) So, I chose to get an advanced degree and now the debt from that decision is a constant companion. At first, I hated it. The debt felt heavy and loomed large. It overwhelmed me. And it still does at times. But, alas, I cannot have my cake and eat it too…
    When I read today about Christ canceling my debt “with all its obligations, that was against [me] and opposed to [me], and has taken it out of the way by nailing it to the cross [!]” – this really struck me, in light of my own earthly debt. Because try as I may to fight my earthly debt, it is a part of me for the time being. But when it comes to my eternal debt, it.has.been.erased. Cancelled. Null and void. Period. End of story. Grateful.
    The debt Christ paid can feel challenging to grasp at times. I know in my head my eternal debt has been paid, but being a feeler – it’s hard to imagine what erasing that debt feels like. Not that they are in any way comparable, but put into the context of my educational debt I can more easily imagine a life without that debt tagging along. If that debt were erased, all of it, I would feel freedom. Freedom from monthly reminders of payments owed, interest accrued. Freedom to steward that money well, even better, into other causes of love. Freedom to enjoy the simple things that light my heart on fire, such as traveling. Oh, my heart could go on about the freedoms I might have outside of that debt. And that is the point, the cancellation of debt gives us freedom. Overwhelming, abundant freedom. Especially when the debt is great.
    And, how much greater is the debt that Christ has paid for me, for us. No longer a slave to this world, but *free* to belong to Him. A daughter of God. Adopted into His family. An heir to an eternal inheritance. These great truths that my earthly-bound heart can so easily forget are real, and available for my soul to embrace. Praying that my heart, mind and soul can rest here in God’s great love, grace, and goodness with an overwhelming gratitude for Christ and His sacrificial work for me, for us all. Praying that through His sacrifice, I might see my own earthly debt with fresh eyes, from a new perspective. And that I may surrender it to Him, and pray for His guidance in taking responsibility for it – to use my education well and work heartily for Him, outside of the weight I feel toward my debt, trusting Him to help me erase that earthly debt.

    • Melinda

      Love this and can so relate as my husband and I have the same value so that as soon as we are out of debt one of us goes back to school putting us right back in the red. Such a meaningful analogy. I love too that this freedom enables us to reap a harvest, to give!

  • So often I find myself trying to earn my salvation. I think, “if I can just talk about Jesus this many times and read my Bible for this many minutes, then I can feel good about my walk with Jesus.” Then when I don’t meet that criteria, I feel less worthy to have a relationship with God. I am so thankful that my flawed way of thinking is not the reality. I am so grateful that we have freedom in Christ and that He meets us where we are at when we fall short.

    I think when I try to earn my salvation it says that I don’t think Jesus was a pure enough sacrifice to cover my mess. I don’t want His sacrifice to be in vain. I want my response to His death and resurrection to be a life that lives in freedom and points to Jesus.

    Today I will put one foot in front of the other and fix my eyes on Jesus.

  • Caroline @ In Due Time

    I love this! The title reminds me of the song by bethel ‘He makes me alive’!!! So thankful that He brings life to what might otherwise seem like dead situations!

  • I spent many years in my walk w God listening to the lies from the enemy that God was disappointed in me. Now I look back and think how did I ever believe those lies? True freedom given through Jesus Christ. That is such a good and freeing place to live and such good news!!! Thank you Jesus for canceling my debt on the cross!

  • It’s only something He can do, turning our hearts to honor (love) Him with our hearts, mind, soul. I have come to relax with a little messy in order to have my full serving of Christ each day. I just can’t have a picture perfect home and leave Christ by the sidelines saying, “We’ll get together later, after work, after dinner, after laundry… Oops it’s bedtime, maybe tomorrow Jesus .” I have learned after repeated failure that He comes first, and if that means at the end of the day I’m saying “Oops, laundry I’ll fold you tomorrow.” So be it. If someone stops by in my untidy state I am learning to say welcome to my “lived in home”. I am so happy that God is transforming to live for Him above all things. I couldn’t do it without being in His word daily. He strengthens me through it.

  • I love lists! And checking things off my lists! But so often I don’t meet all of my expectations. I run out of time or I miss things. I beat myself up because I fall short of my expectations. Lord, make me aware of who I am doing things for and help me fix my eyes on you and the grace you extend to me in my shortcomings that I might also extend grace to myself and live a life full of YOU and not lists and expectations!

  • rachel marie

    reading v.14 reminds me of the words to one of my favorite hymns, “it is well with my soul.” i cry almost every time i hear it. the third verse says, “my sin – oh the bliss of this glorious thought! – my sin, not in part, but the whole, is nailed to the cross, and i bear it no more, praise the Lord, praise the Lord, o my soul!” it is well with my soul because my sins are gone and i’m alive in Him. by dying on the cross and then rising from the dead, Jesus did it all and all He asks from me in return is that i follow Him. what a blissful thought, indeed!

  • “These people honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. They worship Me in vain, teaching as doctrines the commands of men.”

    “What simultaneous censure and freedom is found in these words! Don’t worry, Christ has already fulfilled the law for you. So keep your britches on and don’t go out and create your own pseudo rules for salvation.” POWERFUL!!!!

  • Powerful

  • Amen

  • I recently read an article titled “7 Unbiblical Statements Christians Believe” (http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/7-unbiblical-statements-christians-believe) and was surprised at how often I’ve heard these exact statements throughout my life. I thought of this article as I read through today’s post because the statement “Cleanliness is next to godliness” is on the list. But, much like the author of today’s post, cleanliness is REALLY important to me!! I find myself thinking, “But God wants me to be a good steward of all the blessings He has given me! That means I need to take care of the house!” While I do believe that God wants me to take care of all that He has entrusted to me, the bottom line is that “cleanliness” should not be viewed as my means of salvation. I know that I am my own worst critic and dictator, so I am thankful to know that “my rules” don’t determine my salvation; my Jesus has already taken care of that.

  • Today, all we can do is live our lives in a way that shows we have been given the fullness of Christ. Happy Friday!

  • The thing about debt in our human world is that even when you pay it, you still have charges against your name. So its easy to translate this idea onto our relationship with Christ. Because of my sin I had an outstanding balance of debt against my name of which I owed but could not pay. But Christ erased the ‘certificate of debt’. He didn’t just pay it for me be erased all traces of the charges against me and I was forgiven and freed.

  • Heather C

    I’ve heard it said that when an aspiring agent of the U.S. Treasury is learning to spot fake currency, they do it by studying the real thing. They spend endless hours touching, staring at and sniffing true money. It makes sense. They could attempt to examine fake bills, but just when they learn the characteristics of one, another would crop up… and how would they ever know if they’d seen them all anyway? With so much counterfeit stuff out there, it just wouldn’t be practical, or even possible. Instead, they get to know the real thing so well that they can immediately tell when something’s off.
    You know where I’m going with this, right? There is a whole lot of junk out there in the world… and we need to be able to distinguish the difference between what’s real and what’s not. Just as in Paul’s day, there is a whole mess of empty philosophy out there… some of it even coming from “the church”.

    “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.” (Col. 2:8-10)

    It’s interesting to me that Paul uses this idea of being taken captive. The original Greek is “sulagogeo”, and it implies the idea of not just kidnapping, but plundering. Considering that just a few verses earlier we’re told that all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Christ, we get where he’s coming from. The enemy wants to snatch away the truth from us and carry us into bondage. What a direct contrast to Christ, who is the truth that sets us free.
    Feeding on God’s truth is the only way to avoid swallowing a lie. Let’s not be so mesmerized by the fake stuff out there that we forget to take time studying the real thing. Only by keeping our eyes on Jesus and being rooted and built up in Christ can we protect ourselves from those who make claims that God’s Word doesn’t support. Let’s purpose to know the Truth, and He will set us free. <3

    • Tabitha N.

      Loved the analogy/visual! Thank you :)

    • Sylvia Reeve

      Amen

    • Loretta

      When I worked as a teller at a Credit Union, during my training period the head of our Fraud Dept. came in to discuss fraud, spotting counterfeit checks and money. He also said that by handling real money every day, we would feel the fake. He was right for I actually did have some counterfeit money once and you could feel the difference. The more we study the Word, and the closer we are to Jesus, the easier it gets to spotting counterfeit views…it just won’t feel right.

    • DAH

      Thank you for such an excellent analogy Heather! It really just brought this message home today. Let us all be faithful in learning and spending time with the real thing so much that we are not taken captive by worldly philosophies.

      Have a great Friday ladies

    • Trisha C

      Wow! Good word. Thank you for sharing. How often I catch myself believing the enemy’s lies because I have failed to hide God’s truth in my heart. I am convicted and ashamed. I feel that I am unworthy because I have gone through another day living as though I am lord of my life, not Christ. But even as these feelings creep up I am reminded of the reading today… I am made righteous in Christ! It is not by my works but by His love and grace! I cannot earn His love, but he bestows it freely and unconditionally! Oh that this truth would be etched upon my heart today! Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift!

  • On “The Big Comfy Couch”, a kids PBS show from 15 years ago, they would end their very interesting messy day with a “ten-second tidy”. The camera would speed up the motion. The music would be fast and the star would shove all her toys back into her couch, ending with a beautifully cleaned room. We adapted this assigning vacuuming to one, dishes to another, laundry sorting to another and lengthened the time to ten minutes but with loud fast music and moving quickly so it was fun. With five kids and me going at it we got an hour’s worth of cleaning done in a fast fun rambunctious ten minutes. (I’d set the timer).
    Now they are in their 20s, living in far away places, and I have to do it all myself :-(
    ——–
    “See to it that no one takes you captive”. With the enemy constantly trying to take us captive I pray that we would instead be attuned to truth and “see to it” that we remain in the freedom that was purchased for us at such great price. So grateful to all the SRT community!

    • churchmouse

      Love your 10 minutes tidy! Wish I had done this with my kids but will surely pass this along to my daughter now as she raises her daughter. I’m sure this fun way to restore order also strengthened your relationship with your kiddos. And isn’t that what the goal should be? Great idea!

    • rachel marie

      15 years?!?! now i feel old! i’m 21 and i remember that used to be one of my favorite shows!

    • K

      Yes!!! ❤️❤️

  • With all of the great things going on in this passage, the ONLY thing we are asked to DO is guard our heart. “See to it that no one takes you captive.” EVERYTHING else is the work of Christ.

    You have been filled in Him. In Him, you were circumcised (without hands). Buried with Him. Raised with Him. Made alive. Forgiven of all trespasses; record cancelled, nailed to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities. He put them to open shame. He triumphed over them.

    Fellow workers, we want to roll our sleeves up and clean the metaphorical baseboards of our heart. Living right is a worthwhile thing, but it is not what makes us right. I read this passage over and over, looking for action words. None of them applies to me. The only verb I can own is “guard.” Guard what has been given to me through Christ. I can cross everything else of the “must do” list. Raising worship hands this morning for all that Christ has done for me!

    • candacejo

      This awesome! Guarding my heart today… ♥

    • Becky

      Kelly, thanks for this reminder. It’s so easy to get caught up in thinking I have to do everything, when in reality it’s all about what Jesus did on the cross and what God is continuing to do in my life today. Claiming that truth today, and praising God with you for all He has done!

    • Judy

      Love that! Thanks!! So true

    • Darla M

      Great insight and discernment!

    • jjfromke

      Yes yes yes! Guarding our hearts is so crucial in this world that seeks to lure us in every direction but God’s. We must guard our hearts in regard to our marriage, our careers, our family, and every single area of our lives. It reminds me of the command in Ephesians, when Paul is describing the armor of God. He tells us several times to “stand.” God doesn’t give us super hard stuff to do. Guard your heart. Stand firm. And He gives us what we need to do just that.

    • K

      I love this so much! Thank u for sharing! ❤️

    • Trisha C

      Yes!!! Amen and Amen!! Thank you for putting this truth so eloquently. I hope you don’t mind if I quote you in my journal! :)

    • Melinda

      Very insightful!

  • candacejo

    This could have been me just a few short years ago when My Three Sons were all still at home. I love a clean house, everything in order and the kitchen and bathrooms shining. But they were boys and for some reason they didn’t seem to care about the laundry and the dishes as much as I did. They wanted to get out and LIVE.

    I have carried some of the Law with me down through the years. Always thinking I had better do THIS or say THAT or pray THIS or pay THAT in order to make sure I was a GOOD CHRISTIAN. But Jesus Christ already paid everything! As Rebecca said, “Don’t worry, Christ has already fulfilled the Law for you.” Yes and yes and yes. Jesus paid it all and yes, all to Him I owe but that doesn’t mean He is looking for me to cross all the T’s and dot all the I’s every day. He is looking for relationship and me just giving my life back to Him by loving Him in return and sharing this wonderful Truth with everyone who will listen.

    Thank you for this sweet reminder today ♥

    • Tricia

      Amen.

    • Lynne

      Amen! I agree wholeheartedly. I have 7 children and my house can be a little sloppy at times. I get so stressed sometimes about a clean house but that’s not what is important. “Seeking God first.” I believe that is the key and all the rest falls into place.

    • Kelly S

      Relationship. Yes! Josh McDowell’s words come to mind. “Rules without relationship lead to rebellion.” This is true in families, but also true in our interactions with God.

    • D

      “That doesn’t mean He is looking for me to cross all the T’s and dot all the I’s every day. He is looking for relationship….” Amen! Thank you for stating that so clearly Candacejo! Trying to do all of that ourselves,(when He already has), can be so exhausting!

    • Eren

      I too have three boys….my daily reminders to LIVE!

    • Heather (MNmomma)

      Amen! He has done it all – I simply need to give it all back to Him and love Him -living my life as a reflection of that love <3

      I too got caught up in the "to-do"s with my three boys…..especially when they were younger…it makes me sad. Grateful now that God opened my eyes and helped me to let go and LIVE. These past few years with my dudes have been the best ever!

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