My daily journaling from God’s Word, SOAP stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. Today’s journal comes from reading Romans 6.
“Therefore, my brethren, you were made to die to the law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.” Romans 7:4
I must “die to the law” in order to be truly “joined to Christ.” Legalism kills true faith in Christ.
Being joined to Christ is the key to fruitfulness. All who are truly joined to Christ will bear fruit. The fruit of the Spirit, the fruit of good deeds, the fruit of making disciples – all come form our union with Christ.
Abide in Christ (John 15). Never slip back into believing that God accepts me because of my morality, my goodness, my law-keeping. I am accepted in Christ and in Christ alone! Remember this, glory in it, and preach it!
Help others as well. I regularly encounter Christians who bear no fruit for God. Is it possible they’re not really “joined to Christ”? That they attend church, read the Bible, etc, but are still trusting in their own righteousness; and thus, their religious striving doesn’t produce fruit? Preach the gospel even to church attenders who may not be born again through saving faith in Jesus!
Father, thank you for Jesus Christ, my Lord and my Savior. Jesus, in You alone do I trust for my salvation. And in You alone do I trust to make me fruitful. Yes, I want to work hard, discipline myself, prepare for service, obey You, etc, but I know that apart from You, I can do nothing.
And so, I will abide in Christ. I will remember You; I will seek You.
Jesus, I know You, but I want to know You better, to desire You more, to trust You more deeply, to see You live Your life more fully in me.
And use me to help others who are religous but not born-again to find You in truth and reality.