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Final Words and Blessing, Galatians 6:11-18

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There's a funny Geico commercial with the tag line, "If you walk the walk, you talk the talk. It's what you do." It highlights the reality that people who are most trustworthy, righteous, or any attribute, do not just talk about being trustworthy, righteous, or otherwise -- they actually behave in a trustworthy or righteous manner. It's what Paul was trying to teach the Galatians. It's not enough to act-as-if -- in other words, to become circumcised but fail to live God's ways. Whether circumcised or uncircumcised, a true measure of a person's worth is in how they behave, how they treat others, how they show up in the world. How will you show up in the world today?

Narrative Lectionary Text: Galatians 6:11-18


See what large letters I make when I am writing in my own hand! It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh that try to compel you to be circumcised—only that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. Even the circumcised do not themselves obey the law, but they want you to be circumcised so that they may boast about your flesh. May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything; but a new creation is everything! As for those who will follow this rule—peace be upon them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

From now on, let no one make trouble for me; for I carry the marks of Jesus branded on my body.

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters. Amen.