So Paul continues in Chapter 5 and verse 5, “For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.” The Spirit, the blessed Holy Spirit of God, is the one who help us wait. The One that Jesus said would come to assist us after Jesus had gone on back to heaven, our comforter sent to help us as we walk the Christian walk here in this life. The latter part of verse 5 tells us that righteousness or a “right ness/standing with God comes by faith.
Then again, “For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.” So then faith coupled with love brings about works. Not works in order to be saved, but works because we are saved. Love makes us want to serve God with all that we have. The love of God constrains us, it pushes us to do things that we believe God would have us do.
Christianity is not a spectator sport so to speak, we are so used to watching others do the work of the church. Too many are sitting on their premises rather than standing on the promises. In most Christian churches 10% of the people are doing 90% of the work. This is not right! Show me your faith by your works! Most are more than willing to tell you what they think should be done in the church. But sadly they are not willing to even be faithful to showing up on a regular basis.
Then we see more of what Paul is talking about in verse 7 when he says, “You did run well; who did hinder you that you should not obey the truth?” WOW! You started out well. Anyone can start out well, problem is finishing well. He asks, who got in your way, who slowed you down? Who got you off track? Was it you? Your attitude, did you allow your spirit to be bumped off course? Did you not get your own way? If we are following God and have a love for His word, we will find that it is a lot harder for the flesh to get us off track. The word of God says, “Great peace have they which love thy law, and nothing shall offend them.” Psalms 119:165
So get back on course if you are off course, stop allowing others to pull your share of the load in regard to the work of the church. Be an active vital part of God’s church, do your part! The Kingdom of God is well worth our time and effort, stop making excuses and making other things a priority over God’s church. Be obedient to God’s Word and follow Him. Do not allow others to get you off course, stay the course, fight the good fight, keep the faith!
Until next time! Don’t look for the undertaker, keep looking for the upper taker!