The application and conclusion from Sunday sermon 7.6.14 on Galatians 3:1-5:
The question that needs to be answered here is; how then shall we live? The answer goes back to Galatians 2:20. “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” It is not I, but Christ.
Live in such a way that makes much, much, much of Christ.
McCheyne, the Scottish pastor who died at 29, has some words of wisdom and live for us regarding practical Christian living. The acronym “ROSE” is taken from McCheyne's description of his teenage years when he was careless, worldly, and unconverted. He said, "I kissed the Rose nor thought about the thorn."
He meant by it: "I indulged in all the amusing and beautiful pleasures of the world, and didn't give a thought to sickness and suffering and death." That's what he meant when he said, "I kissed the Rose nor thought about the thorn."
But after his conversion, he spoke often of Jesus as his Rose of Sharon, and he lived in almost constant awareness of the thorn of his sickness and that his time might be short.
R – Rise.
"Rose early to seek God and found Him whom my soul loveth. Who would not rise early to meet such company?"
Rise, early or late, but rise to meet Jesus face to face. You can’t expect to just roll out of bed or roll off the computer after watching House for 3 hours and be intimate with Christ. "A great part of my time is spent in getting my heart in tune for prayer. It is the link that connects earth with heaven."
Get your heart in tune with Jesus, rise early to meet Him! :)
O – Open.
"One gem from that ocean is worth all the pebbles from earthly streams." McCheyne speaking of the Scriptures.
Open the book. You need to read the Bible, there is no other way to substantially grow in your faith than by going to the Word.
Charles Spurgeon from his excellent sermon on "How to Read the Bible" says this,
“As for you, my brothers and sisters, who have not to preach, the best food for you is the Word of God itself. Sermons and books are well enough, but streams that run for a long distance above ground gradually gather for themselves somewhat of the soil through which they flow, and they lose the cool freshness with which they started from the spring head. Truth is sweetest where it breaks from the smitten Rock, for at its first gush it has lost none of its heavenliness and vitality. It is always best to drink at the well and not from the tank. You shall find that reading the Word of God for yourselves, reading it rather than notes upon it, is the surest way of growing m grace. Drink of the unadulterated milk of the Word of God, and not of the skim milk, or the milk and water of man's word.”
S – Sweat.
"Lord make me as holy as a pardoned sinner can be." Grow in holiness/Work out your sanctification.
In God’s strength and power, work with joy to grow in holiness. This will most likely be stopping some things, like poor use of time, and starting some things, like memorizing scripture. Not out of obligation or duty but because you've seen the loveliness and treasure that is Jesus Christ and that compels you to.
Don’t do it because you want to earn God’s favor or add to your salvation punch-card, do it because you want to know Jesus more, you want to love and grow in appreciation for your Savior who loved you and died for you.
E – Evangelize.
"Live near to God, and all things will appear little to you in comparison with eternal realities."
Living near to God snaps things back into the right perspective. You no longer fear what that person will say because their eternal fate is more important and you needing to feel cool for 4 years. Maybe less.
Live the gospel by faith. You’ve heard the gospel, you’ve believed it by faith, now live it by faith.
As you are doing all this, “For every look at self, take ten looks at Christ." Because of the gospel you’ve heard and believed by faith, look again to the Christ who already came, look to the Christ who already died, and look to the Christ who already resurrected to bring you into fellowship with Himself.
Look to that and be reminded and assured that the Jesus who saved you, the Jesus who loves you, the Jesus who will never forsake you, is the Jesus who will carry you all the way home.