Let's get the elephant out of the room.
Paul is talking about physical circumcision.
I, on the other hand, will not be talking about physical circumcision.
Now that we are all on the same page--here we go.
It's About the Heart
The point that Paul is trying to get at is that what makes us followers of Christ is the mark of God in our hearts. Not on our skins. When this was written, traditions such as circumcision were very important and held to a high standard, but when it comes to our relationship with Jesus, God is not concerned with the ways we interact or how or what we look like, He is wanting it to be from the heart - by it, I mean our pursuit and relationship with Jesus.
This is important because people in the Bible were so obsessed with the laws and rules that they missed Jesus completely. They saw the rules as the only way to the Father and that simply isn't true. God wants us to be aware of the rules because He knows they are good for us, but not to miss out on the relationship He sent Jesus here to die for us to have. Your heart is what makes you a follower of Christ, not your background in church, not your heritage, not your last name or that you were baptized in the church as a baby. It's all about your heart.
What Do You Actually Want?
This is a good point to check your hearts. Check what you believe and see if it is coming from your heart - don't confuse it with what you know in your head from always hearing it. Actually take a moment and think about what you believe. It's great to know things about God, but don't stop there. That will never be enough. You have to call Him yours and that only comes from your heart. It's important during this process not to get afraid. If you check your heart and realize there's a lot in there that has nothing to do with wanting Jesus, you can ask Him to change you. You don't have to force the process or know how it "fix" yourself - just ask Him. This is the perfect start to letting God mold your heart into one that's completely for Him.
God, teach me to live from a place of believing who You are from my heart. Rid me of all the things that distract me from you or could keep me from fully surrendering my mind over to you so that you can overwhelm my heart. Thank You for caring more about my heart than what I do on the outside--teach me to live more focused on that. Amen.
- Alex Raines