26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
He set forward mandates for our lives that all hinge upon our diligence in becoming sons and daughters in relationship who act because our actions reflect who we are. Instead, our lives as believers have been thwarted into a series of performance-based actions to reflect what we measure as hierarchical levels of feigned kingdom status. We are attempting to act to become (and failing because we are using our own power), when we need to be becoming (accepting our rightful inheritance through Jesus Christ and His word) which would automatically result in successful actions.
Don't be deceived. The gift of righteousness is not a license to live any kind of way. Although my mother and father will always be my mother and father no matter what, their is a certain responsibility I have to honor that relationship with the way I live. The same is even more true with our relationship with God. I "do the right thing" not because it solidifies my relationship with the Father, but because I am a daughter of a Father who is pleased when I do.
Prayer: Father, thank you that you have not established a performance-based salvation system. Forgive me Lord for not focusing on being the daughter or son you have called me to be. I am so grateful that your spirit leads me to living the life that is pleasing to you because that is a result of our relationship, not a contingency of it. In Jesus' name, Amen.