Monday, April 29
You foolish Galatians! Who has cast a spell on you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified?
2 I only want to learn this from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law or by believing what you heard? 3 Are you so foolish? After beginning by the Spirit, are you now finishing by the flesh? 4 Did you experience so much for nothing — if in fact it was for nothing? 5 So then, does God give you the Spirit and work miracles among you by your doing the works of the law? Or is it by believing what you heard — 6 just like Abraham who believed God, and it was credited to him for righteousness?
7 You know, then, that those who have faith, these are Abraham’s sons. 8 Now the Scripture saw in advance that God would justify the Gentiles by faith and proclaimed the gospel ahead of time to Abraham, saying, All the nations will be blessed through you. 9 Consequently those who have faith are blessed with Abraham, who had faith
In sticking to the consistent theme of his message, Paul is again addressing how the Galatians have strayed from the one true gospel. There’s so much power packed into these verses. Paul addresses the issue well by calling us foolish for ever abandoning the truth of the gospel. When we were saved, it was entirely because God chose to save us. Not because we had performed any act that made us worth saving. It is foolish to believe that truth at the beginning of our Christian life and then so quickly wander into a behavior modification and performance based gospel. We started in the power of God’s grace, let us not now stumble on believing that we continue by our own effort.
Verse 5 in this passage points out something really useful for us. The ability to work and live within the power of Christ is totally dependent on our faith and belief in Him. If you need God’s power for something in your life, it’s available to you. The way to access it is not through working for it. Today, simply belief and have faith. Return to the version of the gospel that raised you from death to life and continues to work in you for the praise of His glory.
Father, forgive me for trying to earn your mercy and grace. Forgive me for foolishly believing that to continue in relationship with you, I must perform a certain way. Help me believe the true gospel of grace that saves me and empowers me to live fully engaged for your plans and purposes.
Pick Four More Activities
Listen and Worship.
Pray a Psalm.
Read a Book.
Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.