November 1st, 2017 –DEVOTE

I really do like the sixth chapter of the book of Galatians. Paul has so much godly counsel in this chapter that I wished he’d split it up into many chapters because there are so many thoughts I’d like to talk about.

He opens this chapter up telling us, if we see someone trapped in sin, we shouldn’t just watch it happen, but we should gently and loving lead that person back on the right path. Generally, what we do, is talk about that person… talk to everyone else about that person, but not that person… and let that person keep going on their own downward spiral, not wanting to get messed up in their stuff.

Then he tells us not to think we’re better than anyone else and not to compare ourselves to others. That’s not any easier than the first words of counsel. We’re constantly in a state of flux with other people. We either think we’re above them or in some instances we might think we’re beneath them. And that whole comparison statement is so true. We compare ourselves with others according to the cars we drive… where we live… how we dress… what kind of job we have.

He talks about some other key truths, but here’s the Word that I’ve seen, read, meditated on and even use for my own biography, that hits me every time I read it. Paul says this…
“I will never brag about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of His cross, the world is dead as far as I am concerned, and I am dead as far as the world is concerned.” Galatians 6:14 CEV

This world held nothing for Paul and Paul held nothing for the world. He knew he was in this world, but this was just a pass through. He wasn’t staying here. There was something so much better awaiting him.

When asked to be involved in a ministry, or speak at some gathering, I’m often asked to give them a biography so that people know who I am, where I come from, what I’m doing in life, if I’ve written any books and any other facts I want to offer up. Years ago, after reading Paul’s words I changed my biography from all that information and started sending them something else. Most often, I get a return question as to whether I’m sure I really want to use what I wrote, or could I use something else, being a little more descriptive. My answer is always the same – No, not really!

Here’s my biography, inspired by Paul…
“Mark Marxhausen died and now Christ lives in him!”

I’m not the main attraction – Jesus is! I’m not the keynote speaker – Jesus is! I don’t have the answers – Jesus does!

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: Keep your eyes focused on the cross of Christ. He died there so you would have life. But the life you live should be lived in Him, for Him and through Him.

Free me from me and let me live in You. In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen