Many churches throughout the world use a Bible reading schedule called a "lectionary." It's just a fancy word meaning "selected readings." Posts like this reflect on the readings for an upcoming Sunday or other Church holiday, as found in the three-year lectionary.
Romans 8:12-17 calls the Christian to trust in Jesus. The apostle Paul uses slightly unconventional language to say this, but it is at the heart and center of what he communicates to us. When Paul tells us not to live according to the flesh, and to kill the deeds of the body, he is telling us not to trust ourselves.
The bottom line of all Christian discipleship is learning to trust Jesus in all things. This is the relationship of the adopted son of God to God the Father. It is dependence, not merely in the physical, but in our attitudes.
It is so much easier, you may say, to come up with a list of behaviors that we should or should not do. It is much easier to police those behaviors. Yet the Christian life is not centered on our behavior. It is centered on our Savior.
May the Spirit of the Lord guard your hearts and minds.
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