We all know the apostle Paul’s influence on Christianity and the depth of his relationship with Jesus still impacts many today.
The Holy Spirit keeps moving in human lives and brings Paul’s scriptures before us to give us understanding. Before his radical conversion, Paul was heavily involved in traditions rather than faith. This is what he said himself in Galatians 1:14:
“And I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people, so extremely zealous was I for the traditions of my fathers.”
He was zealous for keeping the traditions of his fathers. It is really important as believers today that we make sure we follow Christ and not human traditions.
There are many things believers do without faith but purely by tradition. Some examples can be going to church on Sunday, mid-week bible study, church fasting at the beginning of year, holy communion in service, etc..
Add or remove whatever you want in that list but the most important is to make sure you don’t do what you do by tradition.
How to spot faith deeds as opposed to tradition rituals? To me it’s quite simple. Jesus said in John 14:12: “If you believe in me, you will do the works I do and you will do greater works because I’m going to the Father.”
If you and I are not doing his works, we are surely following traditions even if we had started by faith.
There is power released when we walk by faith: healing, signs, wonders, miracles, prophecies, gifting, revelations, movement etc…
Traditions are cold, static and powerless even if looking divine from the outside.
Choose faith today!