That's your choice.
That's my choice.
"Beloved I, Paul, say to you that if you receive circumcision, Christ will be no benefit to you. And I testify again to very man who receives circumcision, that he is under obligation to keep the whole law." Galatians 5:3
You choose to live by the law (rules and safety and predictability, a life you can tell yourself you are controlling).
Or you can choose to live God's way -- a Free life (totally unpredictable, not in your control whatsoever, scary often, often a lot of questions go unanswered, not the way we are taught to live).
Jesus Christ is no benefit to me if I choose the safe life.
“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Because it is something so true, so profound to say that Jesus Christ is not safe.
We've been taught to believe safety is a necessary quality to a good life.
But it isn't.
And if it is a goal of ours we should know that means we definitely won't have a free life, the life of freedom God wants us to have.
"Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? Galatians 3:3
If I choose the rules and regulations and the flesh way, Christ and His Spirit is of no benefit to me and my daily life. Oh yes, I can still be saved by belief in Him but my daily life will lack power and His Spirit. I will be a fruit tree that never produces fruit. I will be a flower that never blossoms. I will be a dried up stick stuck in the ground.
"You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth?" Galatians 5:7