Sep 9th, 2021
The Extra Mile: Joy Over Negativity
By: Becky Brass
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Galatians 3:27-28 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male or female, for you all one in Christ Jesus. (ESV)

Often while my husband and I are out on our early morning walks, we pass neighbors walking their dogs. Recently we witnessed a lady holding her phone in one hand as a flashlight, trying to keep hold of her dog’s leash, and trying to clean up after her dog, all without a free hand. When we see people struggling to deal with their dogs, my husband sometimes makes the comment, “Who is really the master in that relationship?” He has a good point in that it does appear that humans are serving their pets.

How many things are there in your life where you should be the master and have control, but somehow these things have ended up demanding your submission? Smartphones are an amazing tool but it is easy for them to suck the hours away by distracting us with things that do not matter. What about money? Do you use it as a tool for your life and to invest in God’s kingdom, or is the pursuit of money controlling you? The list could go on and on… people-pleasing, exercise, food, job title, houses, cars, hobbies. All these things can be used for good and for God’s glory. And all these things that can take over and hold you captive if you let them.

The key to keeping things in their proper place is focusing on our identity in Christ and not allowing the things of the world or our circumstances to define us. Paul and Silas being put in prison did not change their identity or their mission, it just changed their location. Instead of sharing Jesus with those outside the walls of the prison, they saw it as a chance to share Jesus with those inside.

If there are things in your life that are distracting you from your identity in Christ, spend today focusing on who God says you are.

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