Friday 7 June, 2013

Galatians 1:6-10

6 I am amazed. You are so quickly deserting the One who chose you because of the grace that Christ has provided. You are turning to a different “good news.” 7 What you are accepting is really not the good news at all. It seems that some people have gotten you all mixed up. They are trying to twist the good news about Christ. 8 But suppose even we should preach a different “good news.” Suppose even an angel from heaven should preach it. I’m talking about a different one than the good news we gave you. Let anyone who does that be judged by God forever. 9 I have already said it. Now I will say it again. Anyone who preaches a “good news” that is different from the one you accepted should be judged by God forever. 10 Am I now trying to get people to think well of me? Or do I want God to think well of me? Am I trying to please people? If I were, I would not be serving Christ.

Paul uses quite strong words here to express his amazement that the Galatians are turning away from their “freedom” in Christ and are instead turning to a different gospel – one which diminishes the grace of God.  But this passage does make me wonder – do I do that?  Do I forget about the truly amazing power there is present in the gospel because Christ has set us free from the power of sin and death and do I instead grasp at rules and regulations that I feel I should follow?  The grace of Christ is so counter-cultural and, at times, so “counter-me”!

Lord, help me to “live in the grace of Christ” as Paul calls it.  Lord help me to turn away from the “tick the box”, controlling, rules and regulations that my flesh so often desires and instead help me to continue to fix my eyes firmly on you and your grace.  Amen

Written by Ps. Jen Irving

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