Freedom in the Spirit Comes with Many Crosses

Crosses

The picture in this post is taken from the Normandy American Cemetery.  This Cemetery honors 9387 American soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the process of freeing a continent from tyranny and oppression.  Regardless of your views of armed conflict, the image serves as a powerful reminder that freedom comes at great sacrifice.

This week we resume our discussion on the Book of Galatians, and we will be focusing on Galatians 5.  Among other things, this is the passage that identifies the fruit of the Spirit—”love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control”.

I am becoming more aware that God’s plan for our freedom takes Christ’s followers through a path where they “have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there”. (Galatians 5:24)

This process is not a once for all event, but a decision that must be renewed on a daily basis, as in Luke 9:23– “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”

That’s a lot of crosses!  If you took up your cross DAILY for 26 years, you would take up more crosses than are on display at the Normandy American Cemetery.

There are tons of questions this little book has raised so far.  Here are some of the questions we will be answering on Sunday night:

Is it ever possible for me to grow the fruit of the Spirit naturally in my life, instead of having to work so hard to produce them?

I don’t really like taking up my cross daily.  Isn’t there another way?

Are we saying that following Jesus means that we are invited to give complete control of every aspect of our lives to the Holy Spirit on a DAILY basis?

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