Fall Creek Friends
11345 Karnes Rd.
Hillsboro, Ohio 45133

Pastor's Pen

But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. – Galatians 6:14

      The cycles of life, I am often amazed at how little we spend time thinking
about our new life in Christ.  The circles of life, the business of our
schedules, the tyranny of the immediate all can crowd out meaningful time for
thought and meditation about the privilege of discipleship.  We can give a lot
of time and energy to what we think is important and at the end of the day in
the big scheme of things what does it all mean?  As someone once told me we
can be involved in a lot of good things but are we spending our time and
effort on the right things?  How does our relationship with Christ affect every
other area of our lives?  The causes that we decide to support, the people
that we spend time with, where we spend our disposable income and even
how we choose to relax.  How are all of those things affected by our
relationship to God?  Paul writing to the Corinthian church said this in chapter
10:31 “whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do to the glory
of God.”  His point in this portion of the letter is about sacrificing of our rights
and privileges for the sake of others.  We should not be so concerned about
our rights and privileges to the degree that we are offending others. The
main goal should always be that all might be saved.  Paul in writing to the
Galatian church was dealing with the conflict between legalism and liberty.  
There were some from a Jewish mindset that wanted to put restrictions and
conditions on Christianity.  Paul stated that with the Judaizers being under
the law was not freedom but bondage.  He also stated that if keeping the law
would have satisfied God’s requirement for the payment of sin then Christ
has died in vain.  These legalist would be found to be boasting in their ability
to fulfill the demands of the law.  Paul reminds his readers that if there is to
be any boasting or glorying it is to be found in the cross of Christ.  Before
Christ died for us on the cross we were not worth boasting about in and of
our sinful selves.  Our restored position with God is a privilege that only
comes because of the atoning death of Christ.  How can sinful man come to a
holy God?  There is only on way and that is justification by faith plus nothing.  
The world looks upon the cross with shame, Paul looks upon the cross as
glorious.  Paul looked upon the world as if it were on a cross and the world
looked upon Paul as if he were on the cross.  Our privilege as disciples
comes from our position in Christ and that is worth boasting about.

H. Scott Latimer