Over the next four weeks I’ll be blogging about ALIGNMENT. Alignment is such an important topic. When things are aligned they just work better.
What does it mean to be spiritually aligned? It means to be right with God. What does it mean to be right with God? Is it like that scene in Forrest Gump when Lt. Dan hops into the ocean and takes a swim. Probably not but that’s all well and good in the movie. What does it mean to have peace and be right with God? The Old Testament had a lot of things to do to be right with God. Slaughtering animals for blood to be shed. Other religions have plenty of things to do to be right with God. The problem I’ve found with trying to do things to be right with God is that we undo those things about 24 hours or less later and then we have to do more to try and be right with God again. Honestly there’s not much that we can actually do to be right with God. The bible is clear that for us to be saved and right with God we are to believe in Jesus as the son of God. We are to repent of our sins (our former life) and be born-again. So in one sense, we have done nothing except believe while Jesus has already done everything for us to be right with God. We don’t have to strive to change our behavior because being right with God isn’t about behavior modification it’s about heart transformation. Out of our hearts will flow into what our behavior produces. People will do what is in their hearts to do.
As our hearts are continuously transformed by the love and grace of God our behavior follows suit. As someone who has had their heart transformed I’ve still found myself to have fallen in sin from time to time. So what then? What does that mean? Does it mean I wasn’t saved int he first place? Does it mean I don’t have a good prayer life? Does it mean I haven’t read the bible enough? It’s interesting that all of those questions have to do with what I can do in my own salvation. Whereas the gospel itself is about believing and being righteous because Christ was righteous. My friend and I were texting about this and he brought up some great points but one that stood out to me was the “we ARE broken, not WERE broken.” Meaning that we are in a continually work of grace and transformation to become like Jesus. So were are sinners saved by grace. This is a wake up call to the self-righteous! You will sin and your righteousness, your good behavior means nothing! This is the invitation to grace because the salvation issue was settled when we believed in Jesus (Romans 10:9-10) but the continual work of grace will help guide our decisions and in turn transform our behavior.
This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. -Romans 3:22 NKJV
So spiritual alignment is when are BEing who God created us to be in our hearts and through our actions. Stop DOing and start BEing.
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Please leave your thoughts if you feel led and let’s continue the conversation! May God bless you!
I love this … Thank you for reminding me of the fact that I am created from dust and as such am a frail creature who will fail but I have faith in God and like the woman Jesus spoke to in Saint Luke’s ..”your faith has saved you; Go and sin no more.” You’re a wonderful writer who allows God’s Holy Spirit to lead you into sharing what He has inspired you to write … So good .. Can’t wait for the next one .. I love you.
So powerful, I’m encouraged
Thank you for sharing this. I find the more I commit myself to God, the easier it becomes to do the right thing.