"The Pursuit of Kingdom Vigilance - Genuineness" - Friday, June 17th
And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the new wine would burst the wineskins, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. New wine must be stored in new wineskins. But no one who drinks the old wine seems to want the new wine. "The old is just fine," they say. Luke 5:37-39
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
It was said previously that God intends to succeed at creating a people for himself who live fully for him and who in the end fulfill what he has in mind for them. That is precisely our calling as ones who have placed our faith in Christ for eternal salvation. We have received the forgiveness of sins and we are indwelled by the living God who has placed his Spirit in our hearts. The garment illustration above powerfully drives home the fact that the "old" and "new" are absolutely incompatible and must never be made to co-exist. We are smack dab in the center of the "new" thing Christ came to provide for all who are willing. And yet we too, try to blend the "old" and the "new" in our pursuit of living the Christian life.
It was also said previously that “Kingdom vigilance” is fueled by a healthy indignation for everything that keeps people in bondage to legalism and license and causes them to miss the way of the Spirit through Christ. We will not really be able to employ “Kingdom vigilance” outwardly if we do not first employ it inwardly. Galatians 3:3 says, "Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?" Galatians 5:25 says, If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit." When Jesus first shared the garment illustration it was just what was needed for that moment in that situation. There is little doubt that there is a Pharisee inside every one of us who rears his ugly head from time to time. Perhaps the garment illustration is just what we need right now at this exact moment.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, help me to recognize and forsake anything of religiosity that remains in my life. Grant me a full measure of zeal and vigilance so that I don’t rely on anything but the Spirit of the living God for living the Christian life. I see how falling into the clutches of man made religion (religiosity) can only lead to self-righteousness, pretending, and hypocrisy. Help me to be the real deal – a genuine Christian in whom Christ lives and reigns through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen!
Posted on Fri, June 17, 2016
by Alan Porter