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  • David

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    May 31, 2022 at 6:31 am

    The Seedbed Daily Text, May 31, 2022

    I have already shared my insights and major takeaways from this study of Colossians, but two things strike me as significant from JD’s recap this morning. First, “I simply cannot know who I am outside of my relationship with God. And here’s the kicker: I can’t know God apart from other people. That’s where we want to push back.” This statement reinforces my belief in relational discipleship, especially banded discipleship, and that the deeper journey is not a solo journey. Without a relationship with God and others, we are lost and left to our own human devices, which is the path of self-deception and destruction.

    Secondly, “What would it mean to walk that last mile, escorting my sins to the death chamber? How many times have you walked your sins to the death chamber only to walk them back to the cell again?” The issue of repetitive sin has always been a source of self-condemnation and doubt for me. Why can’t I finish the last mile and be done with it. Some say, we can’t this side of our bodily resurrection and that we should just let Grace and love abound, yet we are admonished over and over again in the Scriptures to put to death the deeds of the flesh and to walk in the Spirit. Which is it?

    I think the key is to accept that we can’t by ourselves as mentioned above. We need a transparent trusting relationship with God and others. God has already walked the last mile for us, He nailed all our sins to the Cross, we just have to accept and receive that. The path to detachment from all sin is the attachment to God and others. We acknowledge our sin; confess it to God and others; and “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:2-3). This is not an excuse for continuing to practice sin, but a pathway to wholeness in Christ. Lord let it be so with me!