Read Galatians 3:1-5
We are now in the third chapter of Galatians and Paul is still rebuking the Church of Galatia. They are trying to live life on their own, they are forgetting God’s grace and trusting in false gospels (Galatians 1:6-7), and they are being incredibly hypocritical (Galatians 2:13).
I had planned to talk about how we are so similar to the Church of Galatia and, of course, we are. Instead, I want to focus on clinging to the hope we have in Christ.
The Church of Galatia’s biggest issue was that they didn’t trust Jesus. They believed in Him, but they didn’t trust Him. What started as this beautiful relationship quickly turned to a group of people who desperately wanted to live in truth, but lost sight of that truth. It is so easy to lose sight of the truth of Jesus Christ, isn’t it?
Let me encourage you today, friends. Trying to live our lives on our own will always be a vain effort. Jesus did not perform miracles for us to turn our backs on Him or to trust more in something else. It is so tempting to seek comfort in the world, but Jesus is so much better. Jesus provides comfort, rest, and grace.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29
When I was in early high school, my grandma was diagnosed with two brain tumors which led to a rapid decrease in all of her motor skills. We expected her to live for a couple of weeks, maybe a month, but she ended up living in this condition for almost 6 months. She lived 4 hours away, so my mom would travel back and forth to help care for her.
I went through a phase where I thought I could stray from God because all of this was happening to me. I needed the words that Paul wrote in Galatians: “You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified (Galatians 3:1).” I was so foolish to think that I could just leave the grace of God behind. Thankfully, He quickly pulled me back to Him where the words of Matthew 11:28 spoke to my soul and I felt Christ’s love in a new way.
Friends, today you may be feeling on top of the world or you may be in the greatest valley of your life. No matter where you are, Jesus sees you. He loves you. Do not make the mistake of fleeing from His grace. Run to Him, His arms are wide open.