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On Your Feet!

Galatians 6    Ezekiel 2-3    Psalm 149

“O mortal, stand up on your feet” (Ezekiel 2:1). So speaks the Lord to Ezekiel, after which the Spirit enters the prophet and sets him on his feet. Twice (2:2; 3:24). At the same time, today’s readings include a psalm calling people to “praise his name with dancing” (Psalm 149:3) and an admonition to “not grow weary in doing what is right,” but “work for the good of all” (Galatians 6:9,10). The common message in these texts? By the power of God’s Spirit within you, get up and be about the business of the Lord!

“Let the high praises of God be in their throats” (Psalm 149:6).  And in their hands and feet as well! From beginning to end, the invitation to enter the story of God is a call to action. So Ezekiel is set on his feet and sent to speak every word the Lord gives him without fear (2:6ff), with determination (3:8-11), and with a deep recognition of personal responsibility (3:16-21). So, too, Paul instructs believers to “fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2) by actively restoring others in gentleness (v.1), bearing one another’s burdens (v.2), taking personal responsibility (v.4,5), and doing what is right to all (v.7-10). Do you hear it? On your feet! Praise the Lord! Fulfill the law of Christ by loving God and others with heart, hands, feet, and voice! Why? Because . . .

“A new creation is everything!” (Galatians 6:15).  That is, “the important thing is being the new people God has made” (Galatians 6:15, New Century Version). And the power for being this new people is supplied by the Spirit we have received (Ezekiel 2:2; 3;24; Galatians 6:1). So. On your feet! Sing! Dance! Speak the Word! Do what is right and loving! Beloved, relying on God’s Spirit and employing the body God has given to each of  us, let us be the people God is calling us to be. Today. Amen.

“Praise the Lord!
Sing to the Lord a new song;
his praise in the assembly of
the faithful . . .

For the Lord takes pleasure in his people.”
— Psalm 149:1,4


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