Jesus gave this response to the Pharisees’ challenge that the disciples were not following some of the Jewish traditions. This scenario not only played out repeatedly in Jesus’ life, but is also happening today in churches everywhere. Christians in their quest for following God, unwittingly devise rules and traditions that displace God’s truth with man’s ways. Human beings put in rules and traditions that make them feel more comfortable, but unfortunately they systematically begin to replace their relationship with God with manmade laws and traditions that match the culture more than their heavenly Savior. Even though Jesus died to bring you freedom from the law, the early church immediately began putting law and tradition over the Spirit. Paul admonished the Galatian church for this in Galatians 3:1, 3 by saying, “You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?”(NIV) Your desire to follow God or conform to the traditions and norms of the world can quickly cross the line of allowing God to be fully God or for you to bench God by replacing Him with a tradition, expectation, or with a personal competency. Your challenge is not to deactivate God’s work, but to put yourself fully at His disposal for a complete filling of the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:25 says “If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.” (NASB) You become increasingly filled with the Holy Spirit as you relinquish your life to Him. Learning to walk in the Spirit will grow out of your intimacy with Christ. Go deep into Christ through the spiritual disciplines God has put in your life, so your life reflects an increasing ability to walk in the Spirit.
Romans 8:3-4 “And so He condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.” (NIV)