Took stock of my Sabbath. Pronounced myself very lacking. Honestly, with the Apostle Paul (Rom 7:14-25), I decided my actions did not attest to my heart’s desire.
So, how do I do better next Sunday?
I thought of the next chapter Paul wrote after he admitted failure:
“…if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live” (Rom 8:13 ESV).
I began to think of what I might “put to death” next Sunday—certainly not give myself permission to take a 3-hour nap like I did yesterday!
With that thought my meditation stalled out. I retreated back into Rom 7; even by the SPIRIT I know I cannot put to death all my sin.
Oh, I could push ahead and make a list of certain activities to engage in next Sunday but that would translate into following laws. With this thought my meditation came to a final halt.
But, later in the day I read the first chapter of 1 Peter. The following phrases were illuminated to me:
“…he has caused us…” (1 Pet 1:3 ESV).
“…by God’s power…” (1 Pet 1:5 ESV).
“…grace that will be brought to you…” (1 Pet 1:13 ESV).
“…you were ransomed…” (1 Pet 1:18 ESV).
“…you have been born again…through the living and abiding word of God…” (1 Pet 1:23 ESV).
Ah ha, Paul’s word in Romans chapter 8 does answer my Romans 7 complaint. It is what the SPIRIT does, not what I do. The SPIRIT is always successful; I am never successful.
So, I’m not worrying anymore about what I should do next LORD’s Day. GOD shall give me rest and enough strength to conquer the weekdays if I focus on reviewing His activities toward me and trust Him with the details.
“…’What must we do, to be doing the works of God?’ Jesus answered them, ‘This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent’” (John 6:28-29 ESV).