I love the apostle Paul and the words God gave Him to write. He doesn’t beat about the bush. He gets to the heart of the matter and tells you exactly what is going on.
“Foolish Galatians…” he wrote in Galatians 3:1.
That comment makes me sit up a listen. I love to hear others chastised.
I mean I have to be smarter than the Galatians.
I have the whole Bible.
I have been a Christ follower for 27 years.
A few verses later I don’t feel so confident.
Paul continues his comments by saying,“Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit,are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?” (Gal. 3:3)
Ouch. Yes, I enjoy my flesh. I like to think I can do something for God.
I like to think I am smart enough to know God exists and to figure out I need Jesus as my savior.
I’m not so bad really. I’m not a murderer or an adulterer. I don’t curse (mostly). I do good things. Right?
Jesus really didn’t need to go to the cross for me.
Oh, but the truth, the ugly truth is that I am a murderer.
“Anyone who hates his brother or sister is a murderer…” 1 John 3:15
I am guilty of breaking all God’s perfect laws.
“For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.” James 2:10
The bottom line is that I am in desperate need of Jesus.
Apart from Him, I am selfish and a seeker of my own glory.
I may do things that look good, but I am doing them for me, not for His glory.
Oh foolish me.
Why would I put the weight of doing
it right and being good on my shoulders,
when Christ already won the victory for me? (Colossians 2:13-15)
Are you working to please God? Are you carrying a burden He never intended you to carry? Are you, like me, puffed up with your knowledge of Christ instead of humbled by your dependence on Him? If so join me as I pray:
Father God, I am amazed and humbled by Your sacrifice. That You sent Your son to die for my sins. Forgive me O Lord for thinking I can make myself worthy of Your gift. Forgive me for thinking I somehow was intelligent enough to figure out my need for a savior. Father I admit I am desperately in need of a savior. I confess I cannot do anything good apart from You. Help me to remember I am but a lame, blind, beggar in need of someone to carry me through the journey of life. Thank You for Jesus who died so that I could be healed of my sin disease and whom I desire to depend upon more and more every day. In His precious and Holy Name I pray. Amen.
I would love to hear from you. Are you amazed at His sacrifice? Are you in awe of His sufficiency? Is it hard to believe that God accomplished it without your help? Drop me a comment. I would love to hear from you.