If someone is reading a script they could be reciting anyone’s words
Reference: v.6 But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code. (TNIV Bible)
Explore: There’s a big difference in someone’s presentation if they deliver their message without notes, rather than reading a script word for word. I always feel that it makes the words more personal, and the presenter really believes what they are saying, if they are able to look at the audience at the same time. If someone is reading a script then anyone could have written it, they could be reciting anyone’s words. And yet when they are speaking without notes, it means that they are truly committed to what they are saying and it seems to come more from the heart.
Application: When it comes to our faith there is also a difference between someone just reading the script and those whose faith comes from their heart. There are those who just go through the motions – attend church, pray when they need something, and say the correct clichés. But then there are those who live their whole lives by faith – they give generously, they pray continually, and their actions match their words. It’s the difference between people who live by the written law and those who live by the Spirit. God sent His Spirit so that we can draw closer to Him and be prompted to live in the right way. It’s not just a routine, or something that is easily read, but a way of life that sets us apart.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, may we be in tune with the direction you are prompting us to go. May we live out our faith, not just as part of a routine, but in an all-encompassing way. Amen.
Do you feel that you know God off by heart, or are you still following a script?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.