Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Faith Over Formula

 By: Rebekah Hargraves

Photo Courtesy Of: Rosie Steggles

 "When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about him?” “If I want him to remain until I come,” Jesus answered, “what is that to you? As for you, follow me.” 

~John 21:21-22

I have written for over 7 years on the topic of the mommy wars, pointing out how this mentality in mommy culture comes from our placing our hope and trust in one “perfect” method or another while, all the while, we are failing to seek the Lord’s wisdom and direction for our own lives.

The same goes for every other aspect of life, as well - not just motherhood!

Legalism, unrighteous judgment of others, dissension, lack of unity, and an absence of peace is what follows when we rely on man-made methods, formulas, and ideas rather than on the truth and direction of God.

Some things in life are black and white (i.e. what is contained in the Word of God and are clear truths and commands). Other things are grey areas where freedom abounds and what we choose to do should be based on what we feel the Lord is individually and uniquely telling us to do.

Sometimes people won’t understand why we chose to make a move, change churches, pick a particular education method for our children, discipline in a particular way, etc. Why? Because they didn’t hear from God in this way. We did.

We have to be willing to fail to live up to man-made rules and expectations if need be in order to follow hard after the Lord and His guidance in our lives.

He will guide us.

He will direct us.

Will we follow?

Reflection Questions:

1) Are you regularly more concerned with what others are doing or with what God has called you to do?

2) In what ways are you walking by the Spirit already and in what ways do you still need to?

3) What can walking by the Spirit look like in your decision-making? What fruit would come from this practice?

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