It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery – Galatians 5:1 NIV.
Just a brief background of this passage, in Galatians 5, Paul is challenging believers who are tangled in man-made rules. He says they started well, relying and depending fully on the Holy Spirit but have now somewhat snarled themselves in rules made by man and their expectations. It is often a bit easy for one to let go of the truth and tangle themselves in the rules and expectations made by man in the process of trying to pursue Christ.
We get tied up as we become the author of our own righteousness, trying to earn our way to God forgetting that when we get tangled in rules, we let go of Jesus. I often say that I wish people could stop preaching their personal convictions or making their personal convictions a standard for Christianity. Reason why I say so is because the preaching of personal convictions creates an illusion that there might be somewhat a ‘method’ of how a person can earn their way to God.
I wish people could stop preaching their personal convictions or making their personal convictions a standard for Christianity
As Christians, we ought to always remember that Christ freed us so that we can be free. Freedom is knowing that the Holy Spirit is the only Person you need to earn your way to God. It is He that convicts, grooms, grows, guides and leads towards the right direction. Standing firm in Jesus’ love cuts the cords for anyone trapped in bondage from man-made rules and expectations.
Shift your focus from what men need and expect from you and put more effort on building a relationship with the Holy Spirit. You have been freed from the law so there are ‘methods’ that can get you to Christ except for Christ Himself. The Holy Spirit will guide you and help you grow, depend only on Him.
The preaching of personal convictions creates an illusion that there might be somewhat a ‘method’ of how a person can earn their way to God.