We eliminate barriers to give people access to Christ.
Last week I was meditating on the word “we.” I decided it might be helpful to re-write the word as “wii” so I remember my personal commitment to the “We” of McLane Church .
This week I’m thinking about “eliminate: to set aside, to put off.”
“Eliminate” is to get rid of stuff, to move stuff aside. There is action and movement and effort, but it has a result. It brings with it an opportunity for freedom and simplicity. “We eliminate” to create order out of chaos…kind of like spring cleaning. Wii put off our old way of life (Eph. 4:22). We throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles (Heb. 12:1). And “wii” :-) have this awesome command in I Peter 5:7 that tells us to “cast all our anxiety on him because he cares for us.”
But did you ever get rid of something that you wish you hadn’t? My in-laws are savers. And to be honest, I have benefited many times from the stuff they carefully save. So, it seems to me, that we have to figure out WHAT to eliminate and HOW to eliminate it.
Galatians 2: 21 says, “I do not set aside the grace of God.”
By God’s grace I am saved. Galatians explains that Christ is the perfect manifestation of God’s grace. Christ is the reason and the method by which we “eliminate and put off” the old.
I think the day to day decisions of my life, how I spend my time, how I react when I get cut off in traffic, what I do when the choice comes to not pay my taxes or to look at things that would jeopardize the purity of my mind and heart, are found as I allow Christ to be the center of my life. Eliminating myself, and replacing my will with the will of Christ in all things becomes the compass of my life. The measurement of this is so much more practical than we generally think of. It would be easy to jump ahead to the barriers we are supposed to be eliminating, but if I did that, I would have missed the importance of Christ in how we carry out our mission statement.
If you want to read more about this, I would suggest reading Ephesians 4-6 and Romans 6:1-14. Then, let me know what you think…