"What actually took place is this: I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn't work. So I quit being a "law man" so that I could be God's man. Christ's life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not "mine," but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that. "
I had a couple conversations this week at work that ended up leading to me sharing an observation as to why I feel there is such a difference in the way my relationships with others feel at this time in my life as opposed to in the past. The best way I know to describe it is this....the agendas are gone. Well, except for one. To love others.
What I shared from the apostle Paul at the beginning of this post is from Galatians 2 from The Message. It speaks to me of an agenda free life...a life lived in freedom from all the demands that distract us and that turn out to be an adventure in missing the point, that in turn keeps the point from ever becoming a lived out reality in our lives. To love others.
God (the One who is Father Son and Spirit) is about setting us free from the performance-rule keeping-work-your-head-off-to-please-God-and-others-life. It really is stunning what happens when we begin to find freedom from that old life once we realize that Christ is the one now living in us. He is very much into being available for people...agenda free...other than loving them into new life/freedom.