Day 14 p. 155-163
Have you ever inadvertently turned onto a one-way street going the wrong direction? If you have, you know there is no time to waste in getting yourself headed in the right direction! Paul’s letter to the Galatians starts with a jolt! They are headed in the wrong direction, and he has got to come right to the point of his letter. There are no flowery words of praise or commendation; he jumps right in with, “What do you think you are doing?”
Paul is disturbed because the Galatians are listening to those who have come in to agitate and disturb the spirit of the church. They are leading the believers to revert to keeping the Law, specifically circumcision, and saying that it was needed for salvation. This must have caught the Galatians off-guard, but Paul’s warning was so needed then and now!
It made me think how we look for tangible proofs rather than trusting God with what we can’t see. Our salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. Christ has done for us what we can never, ever do for ourselves. As Paul states, the believer is crucified with Christ and no longer lives. Christ lives in the believer, and the believer’s life belongs to Him. I am saved by God’s grace and have no righteousness of my own. I can never pay for my own sins, nor can I repay God for all He has done for me. If I do something to try to justify myself before God, I always fall flat. God has accomplished through Christ’s cross what we can never do on our own. God in His grace has given us His righteousness – this blows me away! My response is gratitude and a deep desire to let Him use my life however He chooses.
Paul admonishes the Galatians (and us) to run the race and not get tripped up by someone who doesn’t want us to win. He reminds us that in Christ we are free! God has put His Spirit within each believer, and He will lead us in the way we should go.
The best way to go in the right direction in life is to trust Christ and live by the Spirit --- to keep in step with the Spirit. God has given Him to us to help us walk in newness of life, in the grace and peace He offers.
About The Author
Mary Morris has been a member of Oakland Heights Baptist Church since 1981, and she grew up in Pittsburg, Texas. She is married to Mark Morris, and they have twin daughters, Emily and Amy, who both grew up at OHBC. The family now includes two sons-in-law and 5 grandchildren. Mary and Mark work with Home Builders and serve on various committees. Mary is the Teaching Leader for the Longview Day Women’s Bible Study Fellowship Class.