Galaians Day 6 - Galatians 3:1-9
Like the Galatians, we can be easily bewitched...lured off track, hypnotized by enticing untruths. It’s why the Christian life is so much more than that initial acknowledgement of our sin and Jesus as our savior. And don’t get me wrong, that is HUGE and secures our salvation. But what we do as the following days, months, years go on matters too.
Who we say Jesus is in our lives changes everything. This is something we have likely heard said many times, so its impact may not penetrate our souls like it should. What we believe influences how we think, how we act, how we trust, how we treat others, how we respond to suffering, how we seek peace & comfort, how we share our faith (or not), and so much more.
Do we say he is a good man, effective teacher, incredibly humble human, miracle worker, excellent student of the scriptures, solid leader, favored by God, unfairly executed, but stop somewhere around there...
... then take a little bit of that “good guy” and add to it what pleases us or makes rational sense to our way of thinking.
Paul is stern with harsh words to shake us back to the reality that it is foolishness. This way of thinking only launches us back on that roller coaster with us in the lead trying to save ourselves.
Or, do we acknowledge ALL of who Jesus is...
God wrapped in flesh & born as a baby.
Christ specifically anointed to save me.
Messiah promised & prophesied about.
Bread of life who sustains me.
Door that shows me the way to go.
Light that illuminates my path.
Good shepherd who protects me.
Way, truth, life...my guidepost, where anything contrary is lies.
True vine to abide in with roots to heaven.
Redeemer who personally paid the penalty for all my sins with His innocent, holy blood... who makes my messy clean again...who brings me back to right standing with God.
And a big one....my response to who He is...LORD of my life. My authority in all things, whom I lovingly follow and submit to. And I am so grateful for that because I am horrible at being in charge of my life.
Anything else is foolishness.
Oh, foolish Joani! Who bewitches you? How I want to boldly and full of faith respond, No one, my Lord and Savior. It is only you. I love you. Thank you.