“Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions etc…” (Galatians 5:19, 20)
Are you a list maker? I have been accused of being a list maker, and I can’t lie… lists have given me the ability to prioritize and succeed in daily operations. Lists help me stay focused on task and unplug when needed. Lists are an agent in remembering things; they assist me in keeping my life responsible and manageable. My life has benefited greatly from the organizational structures of list making.
However, when I approached God in the same way, I didn’t get the same results. I would strive to accomplish a list of dos and don’ts and some small victories, but I was with met with quick defeats. Fear would allow me to put off all the deeds of the flesh “the list” and would provide false security. The list of the flesh deeds was one list, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…” (Galatians 5:20) Here goes another list.
“O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” (Romans 7:24)
Enough list making! We can’t control the uncontrollable; it’s only by the power of the Holy Spirit and the grace a God that anyone can complete the work of Christ. List making might work in your natural responsibilities, but God work requires availability and flexibility. Confession: I still make lists, but with a pencil to erase and to add as God leads. God Bless!
Written by Juan Mendez: Juan is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and full-time staff member at America’s Keswick.
Daily Quote: “Write your plans in pencil and give God the eraser.” – Unknown
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy, For You have considered my trouble; You have known my soul in adversities. Psalm 31:7