The Spiritual Mind - Cont'd.
Paul also makes it clear that God is the source of the power necessary to
put things in the proper perspective. He calls this "resurrection power."
It is this which God used to remove a resurrected Christ from the sealed
tomb. It is this same power that is available to all who walk in the Lord
and live in obedience to Him. It is the reality of this power that Paul desires
to experience, even though this also means sharing in the experience of His
suffering. And with this, Paul looks forward to the time of resurrection.
Though specifically what he is referring to here is unclear here.
May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus
Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the
world" (Galatians 6:14).
How do we maintain our joy when we have such a proclivity to depend on things
as the basis of our confidence? We must accept that the only thing in our
lives which can be boasted of is our salvation, a gift from God.
If Paul's righteousness couldn't save him, then nothing which we hold to
be of value is, when it comes to earning our righteousness before the Lord.
Yet, and I don't know about you, but I sure know about me - I still oft-times
fall into the trap of acting as if who I am before the world, what skills
I have, what things I have accumulated, define my worth.
This isn't to say that there is anything wrong with God choosing to bless
us with material comfort. After all, Paul noted that he rejoiced in all things,
including in times of plenty.
And the call to depend only on the Lord doesn't mean it is wrong to hold
position and to have a good reputation. After all, this is a requirement
for an elder, and therefore for any mature believer. "Now
the overseer must be above reproach,..." (1 Timothy 3:2).
The point which Paul makes for us is that while all these things may be fine
and dandy, the things of the world, the esteem of society, is of no value
when it comes to pleasing the Lord.
"Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God?
Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would
not be a servant of Christ" (Galatians 1:10).