So Then (I Kings 2, Galatians 6)

“And keep the charge of the Lord your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, his commandments, his rules, and his testimonies…”  I Kings 2:3

So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith,”  Galatians 6:10

“So then, what will you do with this wonderful present?”  This question could have been asked by anyone who saw the value of a gift given to someone in need.  But specifically I am thinking about the gift of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:25).

The Bible teaches us that the Holy Spirit is God’s gift to anyone who is born again (John 14:27).   The question is, “So then what will you do with the Holy Spirit?”  The Apostle Paul answers this question in Galatians 6.  The so then will evidence itself in two ways:

1.  You will serve others, Vs: 1-10

People who are “Spiritual” will reach out to serve others.  In particular, the others are those who are characterized as people who have burdens.  These burdens can be either self-inflicted (caught in trespasses) or from outside sources.  In either case the spiritual are to serve those people and at the same time being careful not to be burdened by the same trespasses.

This is serious business.  One must be willing to serve (sow) day after day until the harvest comes.  You have to stick with the business of serving others.

2.  You will be shaped by the cross, Vs: 11-18

Certainly the religious crowd has no desire to be shaped by the cross.  Neither does the world see the need to even embrace the cross.

However, it is different for the child of God.  He or she sees their sin and their need of a Savior.  It is the power of the cross that makes the sinner into a new creation.  This new creation desires to be crucified to the world.  Their lives are now shaped by a different spirit.  This spirit leads them to serve others.

Think it through:

1.  Is there a clear, “so then” in your life?

2.  Can people see the cross taking shape in your life?

3.  Are you serving others or yourself?

Take it out for a spin:

Spend time evaluating your life (Gal. 6:4) in light of the scripture.  Make the adjustments that are needed.  Commit yourself to serving others as a clear sign that your life is being shaped by the cross.

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