The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against these things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)
Tonight at Journey we talked about some of the opposing/competing forces in our world. The series we have been in the last two weeks is called Geek Squad, and keeping with that theme, we’ve been discussing the digital/computer world that is at the center of most of our realities. Recognizing that we’re at a historical crossroads in terms of electronic competence, we considered the differences between generations…pointing out that people either get it (digital natives) or have no idea (digital immigrants). Among both categories of today’s digital inhabitants, we looked at the aggressive marketing between the two most common platforms of computers: macs & pcs.
Shifting from tech-talk to faith-talk, we picked up where we left off the week before (Ephesians 5). We spent a lot of the time in Paul’s letter to the Galatians, chapter 5 in particular, which is where Paul writes about two opposing forces at work in all our lives: sinful nature & the spirit (of the Holy Spirit variety). Discussing our lives as people who are “free” (to do what we want, including the freedom to sin), Paul lists things like hatred, jealousy and selfishness, among others, as attitudes/behaviors that we have the ability and freedom to live out…quickly pointing out that they will all keep us from experiencing the life God intends for us.
It’s the end of Galatians 5 that deserves our focus. This is where Paul introduces his famous list of virtues known as the “Fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22-23, see above). If you’re up for the challenge, these “fruit” will be our guide for the next week and a half, as we do our best to live them out (one at a time) over the next 9 days…starting with “Love” tomorrow (Monday).
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I will post the devotional/guides each night and they will always be for the next day. If you signed up for the emails, it’s set up to send them each night (I’m not sure what time), so the plan is that you will either read the guides at night (for the next day) or first thing in the morning (for that day).
Make sense? Sorry there was so much explanation, but I wanted to make sure everyone starts at the same point.
Anyone can read the entries on anewdoxology.com, and can start the f.o.t.s. challenge/experience whenever they want, but to receive the emails that accompany this you will need to subscribe in the next few days (note: I am posting this on January 11, 2009). If you know others who might want to be part of this, please send them the info they need.
For those of you who were not at Journey tonight, you can listen to the message (“PC vs. Mac”) below.
Day 1 – Love