One Another Devotion - Day 12
by Zema Chambers
If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us not become boastful (conceited), challenging (provoking) one another, envying one another.
A more literal translation: If we declare our life is completely in God by His Spirit, then let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another or becoming bitter or sour because of another person’s successes.
In America, much of our culture is about comparison. Advertising has only enflamed the undercurrent over the years. We want the approval of others and that happens by comparing. There are those who say this isn’t them, but have a short conversation with them and invariably something will come up regarding comparison.
Honestly, having a model that shows us a completed product is really helpful. Just how DO you live a life in step with the Holy Spirit? God was very clear in providing an example in Jesus for us. Then, the Holy Spirit came to lead us into truth. Not only can our every thought and action be led by the Holy Spirit, but we can actually stay right in step with Him!
Paul, the writer of this letter to the Galatians, found out that some people in his church in Galatia weren’t exactly following what he had taught. The letter outlined some corrections needed. (Whenever corrections are mentioned in a letter, it’s fun to try to figure out what was happening that Paul felt important to address.) It seemed some believers became boastful in their walk with the Holy Spirit Were people beginning to compare themselves with other believers? Were some members boastfully declaring themselves to have a better walk with Holy Spirit? Were there believers who were irritating others with their brazen declarations of holy living? It seems that kind of talk caused some people to be bitter because of others’ successes. How could he address this in a letter?
Paul was very clear in his directions to the Galatian believers. He didn’t pick on one group (even though he probably heard back about specific people), but included everyone – even himself. There was no shame; this was instructive. He said, “Let us keep in step with the Holy Spirit.” His expectation was a change. Including all, he declared the believers would not find themselves comparing to one another and becoming boastful. They would not be irritating or combative toward others. They could enjoy the successes of others rather than finding themselves secretly bitter. All they had to do was keep in step with the Holy Spirit!
Consider these questions:
How are you comparing yourself to other believers?
What would be an indicator in your life that you have chosen to walk in step with the Holy Spirit?
Describe an advertisement showing you in step with the Holy Spirit.