June 12: Galatians-Day 1

Read Galatians 1:1-10

Have you ever felt like you needed to be rescued?

One snowy day, I was driving my little Ford Focus when, all of a sudden, I could no longer see a foot in front of me. Next thing I knew, there were brake lights and I was driving into a ditch. I frantically called my dad to tell him that I needed to be rescued. So, my dad drove to meet me and saved me from that snowy ditch.

Paul writes that Jesus does the same thing for us. Instead of needing saved from a ditch, He saves us from our sin. And instead of my dad driving to help, Jesus died an incredibly painful death on a cross.

I would have been crazy to turn down my dad’s help that day, but I tend to deny Jesus’ help.  Every time that I sin, I desert the one who called me to live in His grace. Don’t we all struggle with this?

Paul writes, “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel-which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel.” Galatians 1:6-7

When we allow worldly influences to penetrate our minds, it becomes increasingly more difficult to stand firm against the evil of this world. When we become new in Christ, we no longer live to satisfy ourselves or to please others, but we live to glorify God.

Yet, we tend to quickly go our own way, instead of seeking to glorify God in all that we do. The funny thing is, we tend to think that our way is better or will be more fulfilling, but it never is. God’s way is always better.

Seeking to glorify Christ in all that we do is a hard thing to accomplish. It means that we must battle our worldly inclinations every single day. It means saying no to ourselves and yes to God. The good news is that Jesus is the best. He is the greatest gift and the most fulfilling relationship we will ever have. If this is true, then we should gladly give up our sinful ways and turn towards His glorious face.

I am not going to pretend that this is going to be easy. I find myself failing at this every single day, but I’ve also found the greatest joy when I surrender to God and don’t try to hide away from His gospel.

How can you fight your sinful tendencies and turn to Jesus’ grace this week?

What do you need to surrender at the feet of the Savior?

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