SERVE GOD BY THE SPIRIT

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“For we are the circumcision, the ones who serve by the Spirit of God, boast in Christ Jesus, and do not put confidence in the flesh.”
(Philippians 3:3 HCSB)

This topic certainly brings to mind the joyful way we end services at Celebration Church International. It’s a mantra that is also very significant to the believer’s reality. Today, and for the next few days, we will be unraveling the truths embedded in Philippians 3:3.

Starting from the first verse of that chapter, Paul establishes our circumcised state as believers. (Philippians 3:1-3, KJV)

It is important to note that he was writing to Gentiles who had just believed in the Gospel and received Jesus, but were now being compelled by some Jewish folks to undergo circumcision.

Although circumcision was a Jewish practice, Paul was making a distinction between the symbolic act and the real deal. Let’s read the first part of our anchor text in the NLT version:

“For we who worship by the Spirit of God are the ones who are truly circumcised.” (Philippians 3:3a, NLT)

This is such a beautiful truth – we are truly circumcised because we worship by the Spirit of God. Our service (worship) to God is now a function of our relationship with the Spirit of God which we received at the point of salvation, not by the fulfilment of bodily circumcision.

To help put this in a clearer perspective, let’s see what Jesus said about it when conversing with the Samaritan woman.

“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:23-24, KJV)

Again, we see an emphasis on worship in the Spirit. The word ‘worship’ as used here connotes reverence and service. Hence, we see that our service to God is not so much about the ceremony or outward acts but more about the communication that occurs in the Spirit.

The inward then conditions the outward. Even in Romans 12:11, we are instructed to shun laziness but fervently ‘serve the Lord in spirit’. And so beloved, there’s no cause to second guess our stance. Of a truth, we serve God empowered by the Spirit.

The Spirit of God bears witness with our spirits that we are the sons of God. (Romans 8:16) It’s through that same Spirit that we serve/worship God.

SAY THIS: I am accepted by God. Thus, I serve Him by the spirit.

Bible Reading Plan:
Matthew 27:1-10, Romans 12:1-8, Psalms 66, Deuteronomy 13-17.

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