There are many myths and human proponents about the spiritual life of a Christian. Many web and portray the spiritual life as a sophisticated way of living, thereby, preventing the simple, penitent souls from Christ.
The first of this mystical arrangement of Christian spirituality is the “Pharisaic model”. The Pharisees had a form of godliness that was not approved nor acceptable to God. They were hypocritical, bullish, and self-centered. They exhibited extreme care in keeping the law with total obliteration of the love of God which is the basis of the law- Matthew 23:23.
Another mystifying notion is found in our service. We are more interested in God’s “earthquake, wind, and fire” presence than His “still and quiet voice”. We deem loud and public service more acceptable to God than quiet, private worship or some tasks we term as “Insignificant”. The truth is, God is more interested and desires to be glorified in our simple day-to-day activities than in the occasional mountaintop experiences we often are swayed by – Matthew 10:42.
The simplicity of the Christian life is summarized in our text. Righteousness is based on the love of God, which is the fulcrum of the law (God’s demand)- Matthew 22:37-40; Peace is a product of harmonious fellowship with God and men; and Joy in the Holy Ghost means we rejoice and give thanks in all situations regardless of the present or future outcomes. The Holy Spirit is the source of our disposition and not our situation or the ongoing events in our environment- 1 Peter 1:6-8.
Meditation: Romans 14:17,18. – For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, 18 because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.
Author: Bro A. Faola