Jesus+Nothing

As each season of my life passes, I feel that I daily learn the same theme in a new way: I have got to be in my word.

Whether my scripture reading habit is strong or weak, I never feel that I should spend less time in Scripture. But I am going to get vulnerable for a minute. I struggle. Making time in God’s word a priority is something I always desire but have a very hard time consistently achieving.

Whether my scripture reading habit is strong or weak, I never feel that I should spend less time in Scripture. But I am going to get vulnerable for a minute. I struggle. Making time in God’s word a priority is something I always desire but have a very hard time consistently achieving.

That’s what Mondays are going to be for! Every Monday I will make time in my day to tell you about what God has been teaching me this week. Here is my favorite part: let’s do it together. I would LOVE for you to tell me how He is teaching you right here on this site.

Whether you want to hop over to the contact section and talk to me privately or comment on my post so we can all see and rejoice together, I want to hear how God is working in your life through His Word. For now, I am studying Galatians. Join me as I share how He has revealed Himself this week.

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As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.

Galatians 1:9-10

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In any life transition period, so many voices are telling us who we should be. For believers, those voices tell us how we should measure our identity in Christ.

“Be an activist! And you’ll glorify God best through the lives you are standing for!”

“Be a perfect wife! Then God will be seen through your family.”

“Be a leader in the church! God is glorified best through the amount of Christiany activities you fulfill.”

thumbnail_img_6582By seeking to be an activist, wife, and church leader as a means of glorifying God, I am completely forgetting why I am even allowed to glorify Him with my life in the first place. Friends, it’s Jesus.

All these things are good. Yet, when I am seeking to glorify God solely–or even primarily–by the means of activism, marriage, or leadership, I miss it. I can be any of those things without Jesus. The Galatians knew this all too well. They were surrounded by people who told them that they could have Jesus, but they had to do a bunch of other things as well to be good enough for the gospel. Without hesitation, Paul calls this heresy out proclaiming, “As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.” 

The one they received was Jesus! Plain and simple.

My first priority is to be a child of God through the blood of Jesus. Through that lens, I can fight for the oppressed. I can be a wife who strives to glorify God through my marriage. I am able to serve my Church in such a way that seeks to spread the true Gospel.

If I am doing these things and seeking approval from anyone other that Him, its vanity. Nothing. The eternal value has been lost.

This week, let’s make our mundane glorifying to God. Whether we are writing a paper, doing laundry, completing an assignment for work–whatever it is–we are able to glorify God in it because Jesus opened that door with His death on the cross. That is the Gospel we rejoice in.

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