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Day Five: The Farmer’s Market

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Galatians 5:13-25 (The Message)

13-15It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom. If you bite and ravage each other, watch out—in no time at all you will be annihilating each other, and where will your precious freedom be then?

16-18My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit. Then you won’t feed the compulsions of selfishness. For there is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is at odds with a free spirit, just as the free spirit is incompatible with selfishness. These two ways of life are antithetical, so that you cannot live at times one way and at times another way according to how you feel on any given day. Why don’t you choose to be led by the Spirit and so escape the erratic compulsions of a law-dominated existence?

19-21It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on.

This isn’t the first time I have warned you, you know. If you use your freedom this way, you will not inherit God’s kingdom.

22-23But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.

23-24Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified.

25-26Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original.

The Beautiful Revolution brings us into the reality of Spirit-filled life.  This is the reality we know and are known by.  When we recognize this calling and grace from God we will naturally produce the fruit of the Spirit…because that is who we are and that is how we are known to one another.  In the Divine Farmer’s Market, there is an abundance of life and love, the fruit that satisfies us today, tomorrow and eternally.

Read through verses 13-21 and meditate on how we are to use our freedom as God’s people.  Pray that we would put off the old way of sinful self-interest and live lives freely, animated and motivated by God’s Spirit

Read through verses 22-26 and write down what happens when we live God’s way?

Pray that we would “not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse.”  Rather, let’s align our lives to God’s way on our campuses and in our missional groups, and ask for affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity to bloom.

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Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Day Three: Fake Trees = Fake Fruit

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Day Two: Killing Little Red Riding Hood…Again -

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

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Day One: “The Shepherd, the Employee, and the Big Bad Wolf”

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