But when I saw that their conduct was not in step with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, “If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you force the Gentiles to live like Jews?”
(Galatians 2:14, ESV)
And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.
(Galatians 5:24-25, ESV)
The two above passages from Galatians talk about keeping in step. Some of you were in the military or in a marching band, and you can right away understand this concept. You can spot it right away when someone is not “keeping in step” with the others.
Galatians 2:14 is referring to when Paul rebuked Peter to the face for conduct “not in step with the truth of the gospel.” Peter’s hypocrisy led even Barnabas astray. Barnabas and others were walking in step with Peter, but not in step with the truth of the gospel.
The next passage from Galatians 5 is in the context of the war between the flesh and the Spirit. In order to keep in step with the Spirit, we need to “crucify” our flesh with its passions and desires. When we are following our lusts and passions for the things of this world, we are keeping in step with Satan, not the Spirit.
Just like that person in a marching band who is not keeping in step with the others, we should be able to spot when we are not keeping in step with the Spirit. It all comes down to what fruit we are bearing and manifesting in our lives?
Is your life’s fruit showing that you are keeping in step with the works of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21)?
Or is your life revealing the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)?
With whom are you keeping in step today, men?
Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.