You know what I did this weekend? I “binge watched” YouTube videos on home cleaning and organizing. Crazy I know, but I love to watch a house go from complete chaos to sparkly clean in less than 20 minutes! So i’m always looking for motivation that will get me to fold that huge pile of laundry on my bed. Can I get an AMEN?
In one video, a woman used a steam mop to get the streaks and dirt off her laminate floor. I thought, “Man, that’s what I need! My floors always look like crap, look how fast she got them to sparkle!”
As a result, I instantly shut down YouTube and flipped to FaceBook Marketplace to see if I could find one for cheap.
Therefore, I was on the hunt. I searched on Marketplace for, oh, I don’t know, maybe 20 minutes. Being unsuccessful, I scouring Amazon, Walmart, and Home Depot to find the best place to buy one new.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t justify the price of a brand new one and decided it best to wait for a good deal on Marketplace or a yard sale.
Rest assured, I will find one so my floors can look as nice as hers! I needed what she had.
It’s a slow fade, isn’t it?
We think we’re living in the Spirit and then a steam mop comes in the picture to derail us and convince us we need what someone else has.
“Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries and the like…” Galatians 5:19-21a
According to Galatians 5, I went against several attitudes and behaviors Paul warned us to stay away from. For example, jealousy, idolatry, selfish ambitions, envy….oh man, they were all there quietly lurking in the background of my heart.
I wanted what she had – a clean home (in 20 minutes flat), a happy face as she did it, new tools to get it done, resulting in a beautiful showcase worthy home. But, I was envious of something that probably didn’t exist.
But that’s what sin does, it makes us forget what we have and long for what we think others have. It exchanges the blessings and freedoms we currently have, for a picture of what we think others have. This is why Paul warned against it — it derails us from the blessings we have been given. In other words, the ones we’ve been set free from.
So what about you? What in Galatians 5 has snuck it’s way into your thoughts and heart that may need to be uprooted? These are the things that cause us to live in the flesh and not the Spirit.
We’ve been set free!
Take just 5 quiet minutes, Read over Galatians 5 and be still, listening, asking God to show you the hidden behaviors and thoughts that are holding you back from joy, blessing, and freedom.
Jesus broke our chains. He set us free. Above all, Jesus paid the price for us to be released from these behaviors and sinful desires. How will you live like it this week?
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