Following my message last week — we no longer follow the law to become righteous, we have been made righteous, so now we follow Christ — a youth asked their grandparent, middle school tongue in cheek, “so it no longer matters what we do?”
This question seems crazy — especially if you are raising a middle schooler! But this question means we are on the right track, it is exactly what the early churches were asking Paul (Rom 6:15).
We tend to focus on the two lists at the end of Galatians 5. Especially the fruit of the Spirit. But the lists are secondary to point of Paul. According to the passage we try to achieve the lists (or avoid, in the case of the negative list). Instead, we seek the Spirit. Pauls point is that through following the Holy Spirit we will fulfill the law, but unlike those who follow the Law, we will also fulfill the desire of God. Which goes beyond the law to save the world (this is what Jesus was outlining in the Sermon on the Mount “you have heard it said, but I tell you…” – see Mathew 5).