Friday, March 09, 2012

Looking Away From Rubbish

Now that Christians are no longer weighed down by sin (since it has been removed and forgiven), a continued focus upon it is counter-productive. A continued pondering or pointing out of sin does not provide balance but bondage. Sin seizes opportunities brought about by sin-avoiding behavior management commandments—always has and always will—and death results. Sin makes the most of commandments; it takes advantage of them, no matter how good they look. (See Rom 7:7-11, 21-25; 1 Cor 15:56) In fact, since the law and our attempt at rule-keeping empowers sin, the better looking the commandment, the more likely the disappointing result. Consider the apostle Paul’s lament and summary in Galatians 5 and Philippians 3 — “Rubbish!”

That kind of life is the best attempt this world has, but it is not Christian life. Those fixated will trade experiencing the life of Christ (not a life lived for Him, but His life found in us) for days of behavior management. . .and the failure which must come from it.

By focusing upon Christ, who is our life and who dwells in us, is the fruit of the Spirit produced. The Spirit living in us is in conflict with the flesh, and by our sowing toward Him (talking with Him, focusing upon Jesus and the cross and resurrection, enjoying all that is ours through the New Covenant, etc.) does He win that conflict. And Christ’s life comes out! (See Gal 5:16-25) It’s amazing and miraculous. And it’s real and true.

What I am getting at is Christ in us, found by us, and lived through us. That’s LIFE—His life now made mine. A proper focus is what’s needed.


  1. Kimberly Hill3:21 PM

    Thanks for sharing Ralph. Some of us owlets need friends like yourself to remind us of who we are, who lives in us and who is smearing their fingers on our glasses! :)

  2. Chris Kimmell3:21 PM

    AMEN AMEN AMEN!!!!!! There are so many I wish could hear this!!!

  3. Ana Rich5:28 PM

    YESSSSSS, LOVE focusing on HIM!!!! Thank you Ralph for the encouraging reminder!!!!

  4. Kimberly--Well said! I'm one of those needy owlets too.
    Chris--Me too!
    Ana--You're welcome.

  5. Melanie Moran10:28 AM

    Read this yesterday,read this today and it hits home lol I love when you can get something out of the same message over and over. Gods word's truly carry!! Thank you for sharing!!